Widows for Peace through Democracy (WPD), founded by Margaret Owen OBE, works to make sure widows of all ages, irrespective of religion, ethnicity, caste, age or nationality, are protected from violence, marginalisation and can enjoy their full human rights.

We prioritise marginalised widows in the world’s most war-torn and poverty stricken countries, empowering widows’ organisations in each country to demand a better life for widows and their children.


WPD has ECOSOC consultative status at the United Nations
This means we can participate fully in the UN system by attending UN sessions, submitting official reports on widows’ concerns, and holding UN side events. Many charities do not have this advantage. Help us to make best use of our exceptional UN status.

Our timely in-depth research provides the crucial evidence needed on widows of all ages by governments, charities, local organisations and the United Nations agencies to prioritise the acute needs of widows in every country with solutions and policies that are fully widow-sensitive and widow-responsive.


A dossier of evidence containing case histories and evidence from the world`s leading experts on widowhood issues.
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George Gelber OBE with HM Queen Elizabeth II

Mourning the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

"When life seems hard, the courageous do not lie down and accept defeat; instead, they are all the more determined to struggle for a better future."
The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast in 2008.

Baroness Sally Greengross RIP

‘My wonderful best of best friends for the last nearly 70 years’ – in fond memory of Baroness Sally Greengross RIP

“My wonderful best of best friends for the last nearly 70 years, the charismatic and exceptionally gifted Baroness Sally Greengross, great campaigner and advocate for older people. Sally was greatly loved wherever she was ...
Margaret Owen interview

Margaret Owen OBE talks to Voice of Islam on International Widows Day

Margaret Owen OBE marks International Widows Day with an empassioned interview on Voice of Islam radio. The Drive Time Show reached out to Widows for Peace to speak about the status of widows globally ...
child widows

The Right of the Child: The Intersectional Dilemma of Widowed Children

As the 90th session of the Commission on the Rights of the Child is under way, it is of the utmost importance to reflect on the lack of awareness surrounding the situation of child ...


Widow graduates in Pap Kado

Women’s Day: Celebrating Widow Change Makers in Covid-19 Times

Widows, male champions and other active citizens became a new face of social and human rights defenders in rural villages ...
Ma Dham Shelter

Guild for Service and Ma Dham: A ray of hope in the city of widows in India

Niharika Goel interviews Dr Mohini Giri about the Ma Dham Shelter in Vrindavan.
The Ma Dham Shelter home was set ...
Widows Rights Rona

#16Days of Activism: Celebrate, Advocate, Encourage a Widow

Rona Foundation is a widow human rights organisation in Kenya and a partner of WPD.
During this year's 16 Days ...

Education Saves Lives reaches out to widows of all ages

Education charity reaches out to widows of all ages

Widows for Peace Through Democracy (WPD) welcomes new network member Education Saves Lives. The UK charity was inspired by an ...


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