Margaret Owen is a widows’ rights advocate and human rights lawyer. Although she had been involved in the women’s rights movement for most of her life, Owen hadn’t paid attention to widows’ rights until her husband’s passing. Shortly after the death of her husband, a woman from Malawi whom she was helping came to her home. “Before she even sat down, she gasped,” recalls Own. “Looking around my living room, she said, ‘your husbands’ brothers let you stay here and keep all these things?’”
‘WIDOWS SPEAK OUT: Abuse and Discrimination, Resilience and Agency’
As well as publicly launching our ground-breaking Dossier, we were honoured to be joined by distinguished speakers from the United Nations as well as the authors of and contributors to our Dossier – joining us live on our Zoom platform from Iraq, Kashmir, Kenya, Nepal, New York and the UK, along with a registered worldwide audience…
Launch of Report on Widows’ Rights #CSW65
Launch on 17 March 2021 of our ground-breaking report on widows’ rights at the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women. WPD’s comprehensive new report presents extensively researched evidence of one of today’s most neglected humanitarian issues, with the harrowing testimonies of individual widows presented within a context of current information from leading experts in the field.
Widows for Peace through Democracy (WPD) Partners’ Webinar 2020
On 18 November Widows for Peace through Democracy was delighted to host its first ever participatory Zoom webinar event, joined by partners from around the globe.
CEDAW New Recommendation on Trafficking in Women and Girls
Widows for Peace through Democracy (WPD) congratulates CEDAW, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, on releasing this hugely important General Recommendation…
UN Women 10th Anniversary
Widows for Peace through Democracy’s congratulatory message to UN Women, celebrating the occasion of their 10th anniversary.
International Widows Day 2019
Speech by Baroness Garden of Frognal, Deputy Chairman of Committees, Deputy Speaker (Lords)
Founder Margaret Owen named as an ‘Inspirational’ figure at CSW63
“Over the years Margaret Owen has raised awareness of the plight of widows in many countries, banging on the doors of the United Nations, often literally….”
Roseline Orwa delivers a video message to the CEDAW panel in the UN headquarters in Geneva
Widows for Peace through Democracy were proud to present a video message from Roseline Orwa, widow activist and founder and CEO of the Rona Foundation during a presentation to the CEDAW committee in the UN headquarters in Geneva in July