Widows Rights International (WRI)
About Widows Rights International
Widows Rights International is a small UK based nonprofit, non-governmental organization working in the field of human rights for widows and their children. Its current goals are to:
Regional conflicts and the scourge of HIV/AIDS have led to a significant increase in the numbers of widows worldwide. The time is now ripe to end the silence on the abuse of widows and the lack of concern for their human rights.
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....My continent Africa has many widows, of all ages, in all conditions and degrees of poverty, isolation and need. In my own country Mozambique, the civil war left a legacy of hundreds and thousands of widows and fatherless children. The HIV/AIDS pandemic has devastated family life across the continent leaving uncountable numbers of orphans and placing an additional burden on older women, many of them widows, who have to take on the care of sick and dying children and grandchildren in need.
Extract from a message from Mrs. Graça Machel to the opening of the 1st London International Conference on Widows (2001)