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Lyric Thompson
Vice President, Advocacy

Lyric Thompson is Director of Policy and Advocacy at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), where she leads the institution’s formulation of evidence-based policy recommendations and manages the institution’s advocacy efforts with the US Government and internationally. Lyric also serves as co-chair of the Girls Not Brides USA, co-chair of the Coalition for Women’s Economic Empowerment and Equality (CWEEE), the Executive Committee of the Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, on the steering committee of the Coalition to End Gender-Based Violence Globally, and plays a leadership role in various other coalitions advancing the global policy agenda on women and girls. Lyric has advocated for gender-equitable policies at the United Nations, including addressing the UN General Assembly on harmful widowhood rituals and giving testimony to the Human Rights Council’s Special Working Group on Discrimination Against Women in Law and Practice. In Washington, Lyric has advocated at the World Bank, White House, State Department, Department of Defense, USAID and on Capitol Hill.  She is on the Editorial Board of Apolitical, and writes regularly on gender and foreign policy for such outlets as Ms., Huffington Post, Devex, The Hill, Thomson-Reuters Foundation and openDemocracy. For five years, she served as a primary expert and strategist for Amnesty International USA’s women’s human rights program; before that she was Senior Policy Analyst for Women for Women International. In 2011, Diplomatic Courier Magazine named her among the Top 99 Under 33 Young Professionals Impacting Foreign Policy. Her field experience includes building the advocacy capacity of youth activists throughout the Commonwealth and of women’s rights advocates in Egypt, Morocco, Tanzania and Uganda, as well as mobilizing a wide variety of stakeholders to achieve gender-responsive, urban development in slum communities of Mumbai, India.


Vision statement: I first became involved with the UNA-NCA through Karen Mulhauser, who hosted me as a speaker on women’s rights issues as part of the UNA Women and Young Professionals programs. That was five years ago, and I have been engaged every year since. In the course of that time, I have gotten to know and appreciate the work of UNA-NCA, including participating in working group events, the human rights awards, and the annual conference on the Hill, and consultations on the post-2015 development agenda. As someone who loves the UN but feels that it—and UNA—should better engage young people and women, I feel that my background uniquely positions me to contribute to both of these goals. I hope to take an active role in supporting the work of both UNA Women and the young professional programming in my role as director in the coming three years, and to help build support for the UNA-NCA across my networks.