Discrimination impacts girls’ ability to play on the playground and in the Olympic arena

From professional sports to playing pickup soccer outside the school yard, women and girl athletes have historically been subject to different forms of discrimination and restrictions when it comes to sports, simply because they are female. Discrimination is rampant even at the highest level of sports: the Olympics. In 1991,…Read more

Not just an urban problem: how ICRW is working to expand public safety to women and girls in rural areas

In the rapidly expanding metropolitan hubs of Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore and Hyderabad, it is easy to forget that approximately 70 percent of India’s population lives in rural areas. While the mountains, dense jungles, expansive fields and coastlines that characterize rural India are different than the teeming and crowded cities, one…Read more

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Shedding Light on Violence against Older Women

By Jennifer McCleary-Sills (ICRW) and Cailin Crockett (Administration for Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services) Tomorrow marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, an important opportunity to recognize the interpersonal violence impacting nearly one in 20 older adults worldwide. Nearly one quarter of the world’s women are age 50…Read more

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Meeting the Needs of Married Adolescent Girls is Critical to Improving Maternal Health Worldwide

At long last, we are seeing increasing global attention to a population that has long been neglected in global health, development and humanitarian programming – adolescent girls. Last month, the U.S. government released a Global Strategy to Empower Adolescent Girls, which followed significant commitments by U.S. global AIDS program (DREAMS)…Read more