CSW 66 parallel event bringing together speakers from Burma, Nepal and Kenya to explore how widows can be and already are sources of empowerment and change in their local communities.
And how widows combat the systemic issues increased by environmental change, destruction, conflict and coronavirus.

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Widows, male champions and other active citizens became a new face of social and human rights defenders in rural villages in Siaya. With dedication and selflessness, they offered solutions and support systems that was needed when the world closed down…
Let’s break the bias, this International Women’s Day, by celebrating the proximate grass root leaders, like Mildred and Sally – those who otherwise will never be celebrated or documented.

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In Myanmar, state terror has been unleashed by the Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) which took control of the country on February 1, 2021 in a coup de etat.
Communities such as the Karen, Chin, Rohingya, Mon, Hmong, and Kachin are facing extraordinary problems, because the Tatmadaw mainly targets these groups because of their ethnic and religious identities.

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As the number of widows and wives of the missing continues to grow, the international community remains silent on this ever-pressing issue.
The neglect from national governments and other global institutions, including the United Nations (UN), serves to increase the poverty, displacement and vulnerability that widows and their children face daily…

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Niharika Goel interviews Dr Mohini Giri about the Ma Dham Shelter in Vrindavan.
The Ma Dham Shelter home was set up by Dr Mohini Giri 26 years ago, at a time when the widows of Vrindavan were frequently subject to superstitious traditions…
Ma Dham has, ever since, provided a place of tranquility, stability and a ray of sunshine for the widows. Not only has the centre been equipping widows for survival, but also helping an impressive ten thousand women to begin generating a small income of their own.

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Rona Foundation is a widow human rights organisation in Kenya and a partner of WPD.
During this year’s 16 Days of Activism themed; ‘Orange the world: End violence against women now!’ Rona aims, through an online video campaign, to amplify the voices of widows of all ages.
The videos will be shared on social media platforms with the aim of increasing knowledge and improving community participation on widow matters.

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Widows for Peace Through Democracy (WPD) welcomes new network member Education Saves Lives.
The UK charity was inspired by an AIDS widow in Uganda and provides free interactive audio-visual lessons in, over 60 languages, on health issues, human trafficking and other topics to help people live more safely.

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Shamsia Hassani and her remarkable work as an Afghani female artist, vigorously, bravely, promotes the human rights of women and girls in Afghanistan through her powerful images.
She is a wonderful beacon of hope for so many marginalised ‘invisible’ women across the world.

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This month WPD celebrates the work and achievements of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka after her 8 years leading UN Women and fighting for equality, justice and an end to oppression for women in all their diversity as well as the most marginalized women and girls, including widows of all ages.
Phumzile has set a new standard by speaking out on behalf of the most marginalised women, often kept in the shadows of life and made ‘invisible’ by their communities and governments.

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