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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International

Mission: ICRW's mission is to empower women, advance gender equality and fight poverty in the developing world. To accomplish this, ICRW works with partners to conduct empirical research, build capacity and advocate for evidence-based, practical ways to change policies and programs.

Results: Expanded key research and analysis on issues that affect women’s health, economic security, and their overall well-being. Grew ICRW programs around the world and develop integrated solutions to complex social problems such as HIV and violence against women and girls. Informed policy makers and decision makers about the critical issues facing women and girls, and create a community of public supporters advocating for women’s human rights.

Target demographics: Women and girls, men and boys, marginalized and impoverished communities.

Programs: ICRW research identifies women's contributions to their communities and the barriers – like HIV, violence, lack of education – that prevent them from being economically stable and able to fully participate in society. We provide a path that creates the conditions under which not just one woman, but millions of women can benefit. We do this by: Designing concrete, evidence-based plans for program designers, donors and policymakers that empower women to control their lives and help shape the future of their communities Measuring changes in the lives of women and girls – as well as men and boys – to know how best to achieve gender equality Recommending policy priorities that give women opportunities to transform their lives ICRW talks to women. We help their voices be heard. And we make sure that the unique vulnerabilities they face as well as the unrecognized contributions they make are integrated into efforts to reduce poverty, improve health and create a more equitable world.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

ICRW has played an important role in educating communities and policymakers over the years on the importance of creating opportunities for women and girls everywhere. Their global research on issues pertaining to women's development is compelling, and provides the foundation for strong, evidence-based advocacy in the United States.

Donor

Rating: 5

ICRW is the "go to" organization in DC for relevant, rigorous research and analysis on global girls and women's issues. They bring a consistent and critical gender lens and global South perspective to the development field, and are also highly collaborative and connected within the human rights space. An excellent partner!

samducey

Donor

Rating: 5

ICRW occupies a unique space in the gender & development sector as it not only implements evidence-based programs, but also through its research builds the collective capacity of organizations working to advance gender equality and human rights, fight poverty, and promote sustainable economic and social development. The caliber of ICRW's research is matched by that of its staff and project partners whose dedication to the organization's mission to empower women and advocate change through policy and programs has created an inimitable legacy -- a legacy I had the distinct pleasure to witness when I had the opportunity to engage with ICRW project participants and staff in India earlier this year.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've had an amazing opportunity to see some of the work ICRW has been doing while in India this past year. Women at several project sites were so thrilled with the work that was happening! The real test for me came when I was able to see a for profit business adopt and embrace some of the work ICRW had been doing to help their employees (and it also helped their bottom line)! That's what research can do...positive benefits for all sides.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had an opportunity to witness the work that ICRW does in a number of communities they serve in India. Prior to the experience, I understood the value of social research programs and the ways that they can affect social change. However, I quickly learned that having a theoretical understanding, and meeting with people first hand provide very different experiences. I left with an overwhelming appreciation of the impact that ICRW programs have on the life of women and their communities; and I continue to be impressed by the passion and diligence that ICRW brings to bear on the numerous issues they address in their work.

Joanne16

Donor

Rating: 5

ICRW has a low public profile, but it does fabulous work on women's issues. It is research and fact based and collaborates with many other groups, public and private, domestic and international to address the issues of our day, such as child marriage, women's economic well being, health, and violence. I couldn't be more pleased to be supporting such a fine organization.

Comments ( 1 )

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development 11/26/2012

Thanks so much, Joanne!

Karen116

Donor

Rating: 5

I support the mission and work of ICRW because of what they are doing for women all over the world.

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development 11/26/2012

Thank you, Karen! Your support of our work is so greatly appreciated! All the best!