Advocacy


UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ Town Hall, UN General Assembly, NY 2018
GFW offers the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres an intervention proving widowhood’s direct link to poverty at his General Assembly Town Hall meeting in 2018.  His Excellency SG Guterres receives our intervention, acknowledges the importance of sustaining widows and PLEDGES his support to widows and the issue of widowhood globally.

Commission on the Status of Women 62nd Session, United Nations, NY, 2018

GFW hosts the FIRST-EVER Widowhood Side Event at the United Nations, co-sponsored by TH Minister Dr. Maya Morsy of Egypt, TH Minister Dr. Jean Kalilani of Malawi,  TH Minister Dr. Margaret Kobia of Kenya, and TH Minister Mrs. Ghania Eddalia of Algeria. The milestone event legitimized the issue of widowhood, establishing it as an “emerging” global issue.

Commission on the Status of Women 62ndSession, United Nations, NY, 2018

At the CSW62, GFW hosted a parallel event titled “’You Will Get Nothing’ and the Poverty Guarantee.” Our panel included widows’ advocates from Human Rights Watch, India, Nigeria, and Kenya, as well as human rights defenders from the USA and UK.

Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland, 2018
GFW delivers a powerful intervention at the Human Rights Council in its continuing exposure of the institutionalized and systemic violations of human rights endured by widows across the globe.

House of Lords, United Kingdom, London 2018

GFW offers Members of Parliament with persuasive, disquieting, and undeniable evidence linking widowhood to poverty, extremist proliferation, poor education, the spread of HIV/AIDS, food insecurity, child marriage, and the unfathomable phenomenon of the child widow.

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.

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.

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.