Advocacy

United Nations Refugee Summit,
UN General Assembly, NY
2016

GFW has been a tireless advocate for widows at the UN General Assembly, underscoring that nearly 50% of the world’s refugees are either WIDOWS or children of widows. Their unique needs such as inability to claim their own nationality must be addressed.

Human Rights Council
Geneva, Switzerland
2016

In an illuminating and shocking speech at the Human Rights Council, the GFW exposed the institutionalized and systemic violations of human rights endured by widows across the globe.

Commission on the Status of Women 61st Session
United Nations, NY
2017

At the CSW61, GFW hosted a parallel event titled Widowhood: Economic Empowerment and Achieving the SDGs. Our panel included widows’ advocates from Iraq, India, Nigeria, Nepal, and human rights defenders from the USA, Italy, and UK. The panel illuminated the necessity of economically empowering widows and its impact to achieving SDG 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10 and 11.

UN Summit on the Journey to Extremism
In 2017, the GFW responded to a challenge from UNDP Africa Director  Abdoulaye Mar Dieye underscoring that economic development must include the protection of widows inheritance rights in order to prevent societal risk of intergenerational poverty.

Video7Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit 2011 : Global Fund for Widows illuminates on “Why Widows” and the direct link between widowhood and global poverty.

Video8Womensphere Emerging Leaders Global Summit 2011 : Global Fund for Widows illuminates on “Why Widows” and the direct link between widowhood and global poverty.