Lyric Thompson

Director of Policy and Advocacy, International Center for Research on Women

Lyric Thompson is the Director of Policy and Advocacy at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). In this capacity, she leads the institution’s formulation of evidence-based policy recommendations and oversees ICRW’s advocacy efforts with the U.S. Government and internationally. She is an adjunct professor at the George Washington University, where she teaches a graduate-level course on women’s rights advocacy.

Lyric is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations Advisory Committee on Advancing Gender Equality in Foreign Affairs and a member of the Civil Society Strategic Planning and Leadership Group for the Global Forum for Gender Equality that will be convened by UN Women, France and Mexico in the summer of 2020 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. In August of 2019, Lyric was nominated by Governor Roy Cooper to the North Carolina Council for Women; she is also on the board of the advocacy organization North Carolina Women United. In both 2018 and 2019, Lyric was named as one of the Gender Equality Top 100 by the public policy platform Apolitical.

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  • Jan 16 2020
    Blog Post In the Year of Women’s Rights Anniversaries, Now is the Time to Make Foreign Policy Feminist Mexico became the latest country to launch a distinctly “feminist” foreign policy, an approach to foreign relations aimed at advancing gender equality, promoting peace and combatting the most egregious challenges of our day: climate change, gender-based violence, migration. This approach is new and bold —with only five countries that have announced feminist foreign policies—but we […] Lyric Thompson, Sundaa Bridgett-Jones