Umbrella Organisation

We act as an umbrella organisation for the various, diverse widows associations and organisations within their countries.

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We establish networks of partnership to exchange information and best practice.

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CEDAW Aide Memoires

We provide aide-memoires to the Committee of the convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), providing evidence of the status of widows in reporting countries.

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Peace Negotiation

Our mission is to ensure that widows have a voice at peace negotiation tables, since widows and wives of the disappeared confront specific problems vastly different from those of other women.

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Widows’ Charter

Our Widows’ Charter provides leverage to inform and influence law reform and the drafting of new constitutions in the post-conflict transition period.

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We provide training on how to utilise the international and national laws to protect and promote the human rights of widows.

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UN Security Council Resolutions

In the context of the UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) 1325 and 1820, on women’s roles in peace-building and the elimination of sexual violence, we support efforts of widows’ organisations in the country to have their voices heard at international conferences.

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WPD supports widows associations to lobby governments, donors, and the international community, to focus on this most neglected of all gender and human rights issues.

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National Federations

We actively encourage the establishment of national federations of widows’ groups in every country where widowhood is a problem. The support and training we give empowers these federations to found their own regional groups giving widows a voice at local, national, and regional levels.

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Our Mission

To ensure widows of all ages, irrespective of their religion, ethnicity, caste, class, or nationality, are protected from discrimination and violence, and can enjoy their full human rights as equal and valuable members of society.


Photographs © Ginna Fleming 2015