Strategic Partners

United Nations

In Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council
The Global Fund for Widows is honored to be In Special Consultative Status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This critical association affords the Global Fund for Widows the opportunity to directly engage global policymakers and advance the 2030 Agenda through the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals within the international system. To this end, the Global Fund for Widows has presented at the Human Rights Council in Geneva on the human rights violation against widows.

Since the 60th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the Global Fund for Widows hosted a parallel and side events, which have included our implementing partners and widows' advocates from around the world. The Global Fund for Widows has also advocated for widows at various conferences and summits including the UN Journey to Extremism Summit (2017), the International Dialogue on Intergenerational Poverty (2017), UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants (2016), UN Conference on Human Rights of Victims of Terror, and UN Special High Level event on Human Trafficking (2016).

Whole Planet Foundation

Whole Planet Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization established by Whole Foods Market and dedicated to poverty alleviation. We aim to empower the world’s poorest people with microcredit in places where Whole Foods Market sources products. WPF supports tenacious, innovative, and hardworking entrepreneurs all around the globe. Most of the entrepreneurs who receive microloans are women, who traditionally have fewer resources and less access to financial services.

Whole Planet Foundation identifies and partners with microfinance organizations (MFIs) who provide and administer responsible financial services to their members. Whole Planet Foundation works to alleviate poverty through their network of pro-poor microfinance institutions around the globe and in the United States. To date, the foundation has disbursed $70 million through microlending partners worldwide, funding 2.8 million microloans and 15 million opportunities for microentrepreneurs and their family members.


The Global Fund for Widows is proud to have partnered with the generous Thompson-Reuters Trustlaw Connect who provide the GFW with free legal service internationally.

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