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).
Whole Planet Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization established by Whole Foods Market and dedicated to poverty alleviation. We aim to empower the world’s poorest people with microcredit in places where Whole Foods Market sources products. WPF supports tenacious, innovative, and hardworking entrepreneurs all around the globe. Most of the entrepreneurs who receive microloans are women, who traditionally have fewer resources and less access to financial services. Whole Planet Foundation identifies and partners with microfinance organizations (MFIs) who provide and administer responsible financial services to their members.
Whole Planet Foundation works to alleviate poverty through their network of pro-poor microfinance institutions around the globe and in the United States. To date, the foundation has disbursed $70 million through microlending partners worldwide, funding 2.8 million microloans and 15 million opportunities for microentrepreneurs and their family members.
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.