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Child widows - your help needed for advocacy at the UN

Mohinder NGO Founder
Posted November 21, 2018 from Switzerland

Dear World Pulse Members,
Child widows research
My name is Mohinder Watson. I am the founder of an NGO fighting to eliminate child marriage. I am currently gathering information about child widows, a related issue which is much less discussed. Our aim is to determine the level of awareness of child widows and to gather suggestions on how to best address this issue. I would like to hear from those working on women’s and children’s human rights, health and development from NGOs, academia, religious organisations etc.
This information will help to convince the UN to include the 1.36 million child widows on their Agenda. Most child widows are destitute and have often passed quickly from being a child, to a wife, possibly a mother and a widow all before they are even 18 years old. Child widows are still children and not mature enough to cope with bereavement, adult responsibilities and harmful mourning rites.
Please could you answer 5 questions in my next post - space is limited here.

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Jill Langhus
Nov 21, 2018
Nov 21, 2018

Hi Mohinder,

Welcome to World Pulse:-) Your research and NGO sound very good and impressive. I hope you write a story about it on the forum, if you haven't already, so we can hear more about it. In the meantime, good luck with your research.

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Aug 24, 2019
Aug 24, 2019

Friendly reminders:
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2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and atests usually required from an organization like yours);
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4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your oroposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests; yes, tell these storiies too... - they will enlighten and inspire your network.