International human rights lawyer
Margaret Owen is an international human rights lawyer with a special focus on women’s rights. She is the Director of the international NGO Widows for Peace through Democracy, a founder member of GAPS-UK (Gender action on Peace and Security), and a Patron of Peace in Kurdistan. She has taken a particular interest in the struggles of the Kurdish people to obtain their rights, and has made frequent visits to Turkey, observing trials of Kurdish lawyers and monitoring elections. She has also made two missions to Rojava, where the Syrian Kurds have established a “third way” of politics, based on freedom of belief, pluralism, gender equality, and populism as the foundation blocks for democracy in Syria. She received an O.B.E for her human rights work in 2013.