Margaret Owen, OBE, is a lawyer and the founder and president of Widows for Peace Through Democracy, a British nonprofit organization. She also ran the law and policy division at the International Planned Parent Federation and worked with the Coordinating Committee for the Welfare of Ugandan Asians (CCWUA). She has been a consultant for the World Health Organization, the International Labor Organization, Unicef and the British Commonwealth secretariat.
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