What We Do

Consultants & Campaigning

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.

  • We act as an umbrella organisation for the various, diverse widows associations and organisations within their countries.
  • We establish networks in partnership with them to exchange information and “best practice”.
  • We raise awareness of the complex issues of widowhood with the UK government, the EU and the UN
  • We provide aide-memoires to the CEDAW (Committee of the convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women), providing evidence of the status of widows in reporting countries.
  • In the context of the UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) 1325 (2000) and 1820 (2008), on women’s roles in peace-building and the elimination of sexual violence, we support efforts of widows’ organisations in the country – e.g. Nepal & Sri Lanka – to have their voices heard at international conferences (e.g. UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the UN Human Rights Commission, Wilton Park, DFID workshops).
  • 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, regional levels. This enables them to monitor the implementation of international and national laws relating to their status, and campaign for law reforms within their own jurisdictions.
  • 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.
  • We provide training on how to utilise the international and national laws to protect and promote the human rights of widows.
  • Our WIDOWS’ CHARTER provides leverage to inform and influence law reform and the drafting of new constitutions in the post-conflict transition period.
  • 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.