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1 South Asian Network for Widows’ Empowerment in Development ( SANWED)

2 South Asian Network for Widows Empowerment in Development (SANWED) is a new initiative in the South Asian region to uphold widows’ human rights in all aspects of their lives; reduce poverty and marginalisation and eliminate all forms of social, cultural, religious, legal and economic discrimination. SANWED has been formed to strengthen the effectiveness of the International WIDOWS FOR PEACE AND SECURITY network through a strong regional membership.

3 Mission To enable widows to become collective AGENTS OF CHANGE in the South Asian region by bringing together the National Chapters of SANWED under one umbrella. Vision The vision of SANWED is a world in which all widows enjoy their full human human rights and live with dignity. The vision of SANWED is a world in which all widows enjoy their full human human rights and live with dignity.

4 GOAL The goal of SANWED is that in each country, a national association of widows’ groups should be established, with branches or member associations in every city, town, village, refugee or IDP camp so that widows’ know and can obtain their rights, can access training and employment, and participate in decision-making at every level. The goal of SANWED is that in each country, a national association of widows’ groups should be established, with branches or member associations in every city, town, village, refugee or IDP camp so that widows’ know and can obtain their rights, can access training and employment, and participate in decision-making at every level.

5 SANWED Activities ActivityParticularsMedia Identify national, regional and international focal points national, regional and international focal points National Chapters National Chapters Develop guidelines to collect information on the status of widows through its National Chapters. to collect information on the status of widows through its National Chapters. SANWED format through SANWED format through SANWED presentation SANWED presentation Share experiences and “best practices” to prioritize the issues of widowhood for the promotion and improvement of the status of widows and their dependents in the South Asian Region. to prioritize the issues of widowhood for the promotion and improvement of the status of widows and their dependents in the South Asian Region. Workshops Workshops E-Newsletters E-Newsletters

6 SANWED Activities ActivityParticularsMedia Sensitize South Asian governments South Asian governments international community international community about the key role of widows as valuable “social capital” in peace, development and equality. about the key role of widows as valuable “social capital” in peace, development and equality. Meetings Meetings Collate data for wider dissemination for wider dissemination Research Research Analyze Analyze Compile Compile

7 SANWED Activities ActivityParticularsMedia Disseminate information related to the status of widows to SAARC secretariat, UNDAW, UNIFEM, UNDP, UNHCHR, OSAGI and other relevant agencies. information related to the status of widows to SAARC secretariat, UNDAW, UNIFEM, UNDP, UNHCHR, OSAGI and other relevant agencies. Website Website E newsletter E newsletter Publications Publications Annual Report Annual Report - Country Status - Status/Statistics Report - Profile of Single Widow Achievers Workshops/ Conferences Workshops/ Conferences Meetings Meetings Regional Radio Network Regional Radio Network Videos/Visual Documentation Videos/Visual Documentation

8 SANWED Activities ActivityParticularsMedia Coordinate lobby respective governments to adopt and implement the Charter for the Rights of Widows, presented at the 49th Session of the UN CSW in March lobby respective governments to adopt and implement the Charter for the Rights of Widows, presented at the 49th Session of the UN CSW in March National Chapters National Chapters Capacity Building to develop a common understanding of strategies to overcome obstacles, meet challenges and provide guidelines to implement the National Action Plans. to develop a common understanding of strategies to overcome obstacles, meet challenges and provide guidelines to implement the National Action Plans. Trainings Trainings Exchange programs Exchange programs

9 SANWED Activities ActivityParticularsMedia Network prioritize the issues of widowhood in the context of reducing poverty and violence to women. prioritize the issues of widowhood in the context of reducing poverty and violence to women. promote human rights, justice and peace, in national, regional and international agenda. promote human rights, justice and peace, in national, regional and international agenda. Widows empowerment groups in other regions of the world eg Africa, Latin America, Middle East Widows empowerment groups in other regions of the world eg Africa, Latin America, Middle East SAARC Secretariat SAARC Secretariat CEDAW Committee CEDAW Committee UN Human Rights Commission UN Human Rights Commission Human Rights Geneva Human Rights Geneva Social Welfare Council Social Welfare Council INGO's/NGO's INGO's/NGO's

10 SANWED Activities ActivityParticularsMedia Resource Fund To enable widows access to financial resources To enable widows access to financial resources Honouring Achievers To honour widow achievers To honour widow achievers National Chapters National Chapters

11 The main functions of SANWED The main functions of SANWED 1. Develop guidelines to collect information on the status of widows through its National Chapters. 2. Collate data for wider dissemination. 3. Share experiences and “best practices” for the promotion and improvement of the status of widows and their dependents in the South Asian Region. 4. Network with widows’ empowerment groups in other regions of the world to prioritize the issues of widowhood, in the context of reducing poverty and violence to women, promoting human rights, justice and peace, in national, regional and international agenda.

12 5. Coordinate with National Chapters to lobby their respective governments to adopt and implement the Charter for the Rights of Widows, presented at the 49th Session of the UN CSW in March Sensitize South Asian governments and the international community about the key role of widows as valuable “social capital” in peace, development and equality. 7. Disseminate information related to the status of widows to SAARC Secretariat, UNDAW, UNIFEM, UNDP, UNHCHR, OSAGI and other relevant agencies. 8. Identify national, regional and international focal points. 9. Capacity Building of National Chapters to develop a common understanding of strategies to overcome obstacles, meet challenges and provide guidelines to implement the National Action Plans.

13 The SANWED National Chapters will focus on the following Activities Collect data on the status of widows through participatory mapping and profiling, involving widow groups as key resources. Collect data on the status of widows through participatory mapping and profiling, involving widow groups as key resources. Prepare Regular Activity Reports to share experiences and “best practices” for the promotion and improvement of the status of widows and their dependents. Prepare Regular Activity Reports to share experiences and “best practices” for the promotion and improvement of the status of widows and their dependents. Sensitize national governments and the communities about the key role of widows as valuable “social capital” in peace, development and equality. Sensitize national governments and the communities about the key role of widows as valuable “social capital” in peace, development and equality.

14 Lobby their respective governments to adopt and implement the Charter for the Rights of Widows, presented at the 49th Session of the UN CSW in March Lobby their respective governments to adopt and implement the Charter for the Rights of Widows, presented at the 49th Session of the UN CSW in March Lobby, sensitize and create awareness among policy planners for mainstreaming widow’s agenda in the national policies and plans. Lobby, sensitize and create awareness among policy planners for mainstreaming widow’s agenda in the national policies and plans. Establish National Resource Centers with help lines to provide widows with information on support services. Establish National Resource Centers with help lines to provide widows with information on support services.

15 Prepare National Action Plan Prepare National Action Plan Identify : organizations committed to work for widowsIdentify : organizations committed to work for widows Categorize: statutory, voluntary, religious, self help, micro credit, legal, reliefCategorize: statutory, voluntary, religious, self help, micro credit, legal, relief Invite these organizations to join National ChaptersInvite these organizations to join National Chapters Prioritize issues within the framework of CEDAW, Beijing Platform for Action, Human Rights Instruments, SCR, Resolution 1325 (2000)*Prioritize issues within the framework of CEDAW, Beijing Platform for Action, Human Rights Instruments, SCR, Resolution 1325 (2000)* Develop National Action Plan with timelineDevelop National Action Plan with timeline CSW website available on UN websiteCSW website available on UN website

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