Widows for Peace through Democracy was set up by the founder of Empowering Widows in Development (Margaret Owen) following the events of September 11, 2001. The final decades of the 20th and the first of the 21st Century have seen a proliferation of armed conflicts, ethnic cleansing and violent insurgency. The consequence of which is a high level of military and civilian casualties which have resulted in an unprecedented increase in the numbers of widows of all ages. In several conflict-affected countries it is thought that over 60% of all adult women are widows and 70% of children dependent on widowed mothers.
WEW acts as the umbrella organisation for the various, diverse widows associations and organisations within countries, and alongside them; we help in the establishment
of country and regional networks to exchange information and “best practice” and to promote the status of widows. We explore all ways to highlight the roles / needs of widows in a particular country situation and to create awareness among governments, donors, NGOs and the international community.