Widows Not Passive Victims: The Founding of Widows for Peace and Reconstruction
As Founder of EMPOWERING WIDOWS IN DEVELOPMENT (EWD)
www.widowsrights.org/, and following participation September
20-21st at the Council of Europe's seminar on the "ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE
PREVENTION AND RESOLUTION OF CONFLICT" it is clear that war widows are seen,
if at all, exclusively as "victims" and not as key players with potential for
empowerment and decision-making roles.
We are aghast at the refusal of the international community to react more
sensitively to the plight of millions of Afghan widows, unable to flee their
homes, without male protectors, who, having already suffered the most
repellent human rights abuses at the hands of the Taliban, now are exposed to
further multiple vulnerability. First, as the prime victims of any military
incursion into Afghanistan, and secondly, should the West decide to support
the Northern Alliance as the alternative government.
The Northern Alliance, as explicitly explained by RAWA (Revolutionary Afghan
Women's Association) is as fundamentalist and abusive of women as the Taliban.
Millions of women are widowed by war, and many millions of children,
dependent on widows, are orphaned. Yet their voices are not heard, they are
not even counted. Widows must be given the opportunity to be key players in
peace-building, reconstruction and the development of democracy and respect
for human rights.
We announce the proposal to set up a new internet network WIDOWS FOR PEACE
AND RECONSTRUCTION. We invite comments and assistance to make visible the
invisible widows and their families, and to ensure their voices are heard,
their needs addressed and their empowerment as decision-makers ensured.
WIDOWS FOR PEACE AND RECONSTRUCTION
36 Faroe Road
London W14 0EP
tel/fax: 44 207 603 9733
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