EMPOWERING WIDOWS WORLDWIDE

Widows for Peace through Democracy (WPD) works to make sure widows of all ages, irrespective of religion, class, or nationality, are protected from discrimination and violence and can enjoy their full human rights.
We prioritise widows in the world’s most war-torn and poverty stricken countries, helping widows’ organisations in each country to fight for a better life for widows and their children.

ECOSOC status
Our invaluable work for widows’ rights has gained Widows for Peace through Democracy special ECOSOC (the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women) consultative status at the United Nations, meaning we can participate fully in the UN system by attending UN sessions, submitting official reports on widows’ concerns, and holding UN side events.

Research
WPD’s research provides the evidence needed by governments, charities, local organisations and United Nations agencies to justify prioritising the needs of deprived widows in every country.


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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.
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NEW DOSSIER OF EVIDENCE

Widows Speak Out – Abuse and Discrimination, Resilience and Agency
A dossier of evidence for the attention of CEDAW, containing current case histories and evidence from the world`s leading experts on widowhood issues.
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