Strategic Partners

United Nations | In Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council

The Global Fund for Widows is honored to be In Special Consultative Status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council. This critical association affords the Global Fund for Widows the opportunity to directly advocate on behalf of widows with global policy makers and advance the 2030 Agenda through the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. To this end, the Global Fund for Widows has presented at the Human Rights Council in Geneva on the human rights violation against widows. At both the 60th and 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the Global Fund for widows hosted a Parallel Event which included widow’s advocates from around the world. The Global Fund for Widows has also advocated for widows at various conferences and summits including the UN Journey to Extremism Summit (2017), the International Dialogue on Intergenerational Poverty (2017), UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants (2016), UN Conference on Human Rights of Victims of Terror, and UN Special High Level event on Human Trafficking (2016).

In 2010, Womensphere with Newsweek, held its third Global Summit in New York City. Womensphere honored us by featuring three world-changing non-profit organizations that empower women: The Global Fund for Women, the Mary J. Blige Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN), and the social enterprise Global Fund For Widows.

Through its incredible network of global leaders, Womensphere delivers a  mission of empowering women through inspiration, education, connection, and recognition.  Through Global Summits Womensphere brings together circles of women leaders across industries, disciplines, and generations, with the aim of enabling transformational organizational and entrepreneurial leadership, women’s success as leaders and innovators in the workplace, and women’s impactful and influential leadership in local and global communities.

In 2010, Womensphere with Newsweek, held its third Global Summit in New York City. Womensphere honored The Global Fund for Widows by selecting us to be its Featured Community Partner, along with two other world-changing non-profit organizations that empower women: the Global Fund for Women and the Mary J. Blige Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN). (

The Mandell School is committed to providing a nurturing educational environment for its children and their families, which through intellectual stimulation and emotional support, enables them to become responsible active citizens of the world.

In an effort to engender these values, Mandell students, families, and faculty partnered with Airline Ambassadors to build an international community through outreach efforts.  In December 2009, students from Mandells first grade class traveled to the Dominican Republic to meet with orphans in a humanitarian exchange.  Mandell then committed to partner with the orphanages to assist them in acquiring basic needs including food, medicine and educational materials. NBC’s feature can be found here.

In March 2010, Global Fund for Widows partnered with Mandell and Airline Ambassadors  through its Orphanage Assistance Program.  Through this program, Global Fund for Widows has been helping orphanages in the Dominican Republic fund the addition of widows to become critical caregivers and teachers to the young survivors of the tragic earthquake in Haiti.

KOKET, a leading international designer and manufacturer of luxury furnishings, partnered with the Global Fund for Widows in 2012 to create the Camilia. Empassioned by the Global Fund’s cause, the incomparable talents powering Koket, created a masterpiece – the Camilia – to grace the most regal of dining rooms with its elegance and splendor. Inspired by the aristocratic palaces of the Alexandrian pashas of Egypt, the mother of pearl Camilia is crowned by artisan hand-carved peacock, meticulously engraved and delicately finished in gold leaf.

Perhaps most intriguing is that the Camila was created in passionate support of widows and female heads of households in the developing world. Koket’s personal commitment to bringing an end to the vicious cycle of poverty – by empowering the most vulnerable of the poor through skills based training, education, access to employment, and access to micro-capital – have culminated in the creation of this statement piece. Proceeds from sales of the Camilia will be donated to such widows, affording them with opportunities of health, security, stability, and dignity previously untenable.

Eva Shaw Designs was forged from mother-daughter duo, who have melded art history and gemology to carefully handcraft exclusive one-of-a-kind limited quantity jewelry. They draw inspiration from quality materials, fine art and the tradition of adornment and eclectic cultural interests. They carefully infuse cultural history and the vast and varied history of precious materials to create each piece they make.

Eva Shaw Designs, a close friend of the GFW, has created an exclusive line featuring sterling silver and un-cut black diamonds to promote the Global Fund for Widows and to provide a way for their patrons to outwardly show their support. Ultimately, the goal is to help widows achieve financial stability, self-sufficiency, accountability, and importantly, become a role model to her own children and to others.

They will be expanding the collection in the coming months to include additional styles. Eva Shaw Designs donates 100% of our retail profits to the Global Fund for Widows.

The Global Fund for Widows is proud to have partnered with the generous Thompson-Reuters Trustlaw Connect who provide the GFW with free legal service internationally.