Advocacy

Global Fund for Widows Addresses the Security Council

GFW delivers shocking intervention on the plight of widows in conflict, shedding light on their endurance of harrowing war crimes, the despair of the half-widow and wives of the forcibly disappeared, and the desolation of the child-widow.

What happens to me after they take everything

Commission on the Status of Women 63rd Session, United Nations, NY 2019
“GFW is honored to be joined by The Right Honorable Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon as it hosts “Widowhood: What Happens to Me After They Take Everything” Parallel Event.

Women’s Access to Justice, Social Protection & Inheritance 

Commission on the Status of Women 63rd Session, United Nations, NY, 2019
“GFW is honored to present alongside President of UNWomen, Her Excellency Ambassador Penelope Beckles, Michelin Star-rated Chef Vikas Khanna, head of NGO CSW Susan O’Malley, and CTWOO founder Dianah Kamande at the Side Event: Exploring the Linkages between SDG 5, 11, and 16: Women’s Access to Justice, Social Protections, and Inheritance and Key to Achieving the SDGs.

 

Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland, 2019

GFW delivers an insightful intervention at the Human Rights Council in its continuing exposure of the link between widowhood, child marriage, and human trafficking.

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.

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.

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

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. 

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.

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.

Windows for Widows – Heather Ibrahim Leathers

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

Windows for Widows – Heather Leathers & Elaine Barsoom

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