Margaret Owen

Articles by Margaret Owen

Articles CSW: will there be an Agreed Conclusion to the CSW this year? 11 March 2013 As the CSW enters its final week, the political agendas of different countries are reflected in the deep divisions over how to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls. Furious arguments are going on over the use of […]


Guns, Widows, & What You Don’t Hear About Syria

Guns, Widows, & What You Don’t Hear About Syria Margaret Owen is the octogenarian director of NGO Widows for Peace through Democracy. I went to her house in London where she fed me baklava while showing me photos of her grandchildren & of the impossibly tiny boat on which she had crossed the Iraqi border […]

Margaret Owen


Margaret Owen is a barrister specialising in women’s human rights. She has previously worked as an immigration and asylum lawyer, as head of the Law and Policy division of International Planned Parenthood Federation, and as a consultant to various UN organisations. Following the death of her husband she became acutely aware of the plight of […]

Widows for Peace Through Democracy

Never before in human history has the world been host to so many widows and wives of the missing”, as a consequences of armed conflict, the AIDS pandemic, the increased life-expectancy of women over men, and the fact of age differences between the marriage partners, meaning that young women –even girl children –are often married […]


WIDOWS’ ACCESS TO JUSTICE – Cedaw 57 Statement

    WIDOWS’ ACCESS TO JUSTICE WPD STATEMENT TO THE CEDAW ON ISSUES OF WOMEN’S ACCESS TO JUSTICE. Margaret Owen OBE Director Widows for Peace through Democracy (WPD) WPD applauds the Committee for developing a General Recommendation on women’s access to justice. However, it regrets that the Concept Note, while listing several categories of disadvantaged […]