The vision of SANWED is a world in which all widows enjoy their full human rights and live in dignity.
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.
SANWED goal is to establish a national association of widows’ group in each country 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 Widows’ Charter was declared and passed in the “International Conference in Capacity Building of single women (widows)” held on 12th to 14th May 2005 in Kathmandu, Nepal. It was drafted by Margaret Owen, Director of Widows for Peace through Democracy (WPD) and focal person of SANWED in coordination with SANWED member countries.
The Colombo Declaration during the 15th SAARC Summit 2008 addressed the issues of widows for the first time in article 32 of declaration.
WHR along with other Core Committee members of SANWED have already started the process of SANWED registration as regional body.
The book with the status of widows in Nepal will be published with some information of widows of South Asian region which will be launched at CSW, New York March 2013.