Resilience and Agency: WIDOWS SPEAK OUT for their human rights

Don’t miss our Widows for Peace through Democracy (WPD) Committee on the Status of Women/NY event on March 17th 2021

WIDOWS FOR PEACE THROUGH DEMOCRACY (WPD) are delighted to announce to our friends, partners and supporters that our application to hold our own Parallel Event has been accepted, and the event is confirmed as taking place on March 17.

WPD works with widows’ organisations worldwide and the UN to address widow discrimination and abuse, and this 17th March event launches our 2020 Dossier:
‘WIDOWS SPEAK OUT: Abuse and Discrimination, Resilience and Agency: A dossier of evidence for the attention of CEDAW 2020’.

Our extensive WPD research provides the evidence needed to justify prioritising the needs of deprived and abused widows in every country, and speakers in this webinar will include experts in the field, contributors to our Dossier, and the widows themselves. It will include recommendations for empowering widows and their advocates to engage in addressing the following:

  • Combatting Stigma – modifying social and cultural attitudes to widowhood and eliminating Harmful Traditional Practices (HTPS)
  • Gaining Inheritance, Land and Property Rights and Access to Justice for widows and their children
  • Widows in Conflict situations and Religious and Ethnic discrimination
  • Half-widowhood – wives of the missing or forcibly disappeared, and opportunities for remarriage
  • Widowhood across the age group – Child Widows and Elderly Widows
  • Collecting relevant Data on widows’ needs and influencing decision makers at international, national and regional levels

Our 17th March virtual event will be held from 2pm GMT/10am EST.
The event is free and open to all.

Alice Lees alicerebeccamiriam@gmail.com

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Full list of confirmed speakers:

  1. Ms. Bandana Rana, Vice-Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Introduction: why widowhood discrimination is a critical subject.
  2. Margaret Owen OBE, President and Founder, overview of the topic and WPD’s research.
  3. Alice Lees, Consultant to WPD Presentation of the WPD Dossier.
  4. Lily Thapa, Founder / Strategic Advisor of Women for Human Rights, single women group (WHR) Widows and best practice: How Women for Human Rights have influenced government practice and combatted Covid in Nepal.
  5. Roseline Orwa, Founder and Director at Rona Foundation kenya: Combating Stigma: Modifying social and cultural attitudes to widowhood and eliminating harmful traditional practices in Kenya (HTPs).
  6. Maha Alsakban, Women’s Human Rights Centre (WHRC) Iraq: Half Widows and enforced disappearance in Iraq.
  7. Shaista Safi, Kashmir HR Activist: Widows and half widows in Kashmir – poverty, fear, and impunity form prosecution for sexual violence in conflict.
  8. Regina Paulose, Executive Director of the Common Good Foundation: Rohingya widows in a context of conflict, religious and ethnic discrimination and lack of legal documentation.
  9. Former MEP Julie Ward: Moderating, and conclusions and recommendations.
  10. Silja Rajander, Inter-Agency Coordination Specialist, UN Women.

* This year’s CSW65 is the latest of a series of events hosted annually by the Commission on the Status of Women, with the whole event taking place from 15 to 26 March 2021.
The priority theme for this year’s CSW event is:
Women’s full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.
Review theme:
Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development (agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session).

See more: https://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw65-2021

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