EVENTS


WRI is pleased to be part of several major events in the global NGO calendar, including the UN's Commission on the Status of Women - CSW

CSW 67: Read our statement on this important event here.


Recent events include:. 

WHY WIDOWS MATTER: Experts & activists from around the world give their perspectives on why widows matter

Tuesday, 29 June 2021, 17h30-18h30 BST

Speakers::

Lord Loomba - Founder International Widows’ Day
Susan Ferguson - UN Women Country Rep for India, Bhutan, Maldives & Sri Lanka
Eleanor Nwadinobi - President WIDO, Nigeria
Alais Esoto Sima – Co-ordinator at Naserian,Tanzania
Ken Bluestone- Head of Policy and Influencing at Age International
Meera Khanna - Trustee and Executive Vice President of Guild for Service
Negai Sangau – Masaai widow’s daughter
Dr Wendi Momen – Widows Rights International

Unseen and generally forgotten, the plight of widows - often just young girls - is a stain on civilization, but is also a massive loss of potential skills and resources that we can ill-afford to lose in this fast-changing world.

Amplifying the voices on ending Child Marriages,
and on Widows’ Rights

19 March 2021, 14h30-16h30 GMT

View programme and register for the event here

Speakers:

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, Chief Executive – Rozaria Memorial Trust
Luci Chikowero, USA Director – Rozaria Memorial Trust
Zarin Hainsworth, Chair – UK Civil Society Women’s Alliance & Chair – WRI
Mohinder Watson, Founder – Action on Child Early & Forced Marriage/International Council of Women
Dianah Kamande, Founder – Come together widows and orphans organization
Lynn Everson, Trustee – WRI

Despite SDG 5.3 aiming to reduce child marriage, there are still around 12 million girls aged under 18 being married every year. The plight of child widows and their stigmatisation are seldom addressed – particularly in the Global North.

Widows as decision-makers: a positive role model

24 March 2021, 13h30-15h30 GMT

View programme and register for the event here

Speakers:

Dianah Kamande, Founder – Come together widows and orphans organization
Zarin Hainsworth, Chair – UK Civil Society Women’s Alliance & Chair – WRI
Wendi Momen, Exec Cttee Member, UK Civil Society Women’s Alliance & Trustee – WRI
Eleanor Nwadinobi, International President – Widows Development Organisation
Alais Sima, Coordinator - Naserian Maasai Widows Foundation
Charlotte Moore
Edward Lenanu Laizer – Coordinator of Maasai 21st Century organization
Lynn Everson, Trustee – WRI

The aim of this interactive event is to highlight the role of widows as positive agents of change within their communities. We look forward to hearing different perspectives of how to enable widows to assume decision making roles and to share examples of best practice. We hope the event will give inspiration and provide an example of the importance of highlighting the contribution of widows to society.