A non-discriminatory and equitable society where single women are respected and can live with dignity and there are sufficient legal provisions to protect single women’s political, social, cultural and economic rights.
To empower women economically, politically, socially and culturally in order to live dignified lives and enjoy the value of human rights.
WHR has issued a national declaration to use the term ‘single women’ instead of Widow. The word Widow “Bidhwa” in Nepali carries negativity and disdainful societal views which leaves many single women feeling humiliated and distressed.
WHR initially focused on encouraging single women to step outside the confines of their home and share their sorrow, fears and frustration at monthly forums. Single women found solace in sharing stories with others with similar experiences and by realizing that they are not alone in their endeavors single women started working together to boost their confidence and empower themselves. The group met informally for 2 years in a small room to share their pain and grief at the loss of their husbands until WHR as a formal organization in 1994.