UN Representative & Resolution on Widowhood

21 October 2014 – It is the 20th anniversary of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA). Despite–and because of–the lack of mention of widows in the BPfA, our 59th CSW Statement draws the attention of the Member States to the relevance of the 12 critical action areas to widowhood. Given the increasing numbers of widows […]

Widowhood and Poverty in the ECE

At the upcoming UN ECE Regional Review on November 3-5, our founder Margaret Owen will speak at the Poverty Round Table about widowhood in the ECE region. The ECE is a large region including Europe as well as Russia, the United States, and Israel. This is our first speaking opportunity specific to this region. Margaret’s […]

Tough Questions for Ghana and Guinea

22 October 2014 – Yesterday we submitted tough questions on issues of discrimination in widowhood, to the governments of Ghana and Guinea. Please see our questions and evidence in our short reports published by the CEDAW Committee in Geneva – here for our Ghana report, and here for our Guinea report. As our reports show, […]

Peacebuilding in Jammu and Kashmir

Dr. Mohini Giri wrote this short statement to be read out at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on 17 September 2014. She makes eight brief points on conflict reconciliation and the involvement of women in peacebuilding in conflict-torn Jammu and Kashmir (northern India). Dr. Giri is a leader in the women’s movement, human rights, […]