The world’s first International Widows Day

To mark the plight and suffering of 245 million widows worldwide, the first International Widows Day will be held on Thursday June 23, 2011

There are 245 million widows worldwide. 60 million of them live in extreme poverty unable to meet their basic human needs or care for their children. These are widows who suffer from malnutrition, poor health, physical insecurity, rape, HIV/AIDS and domestic violence.

To highlight and address the challenges that these women face, the first International Widows Day will take place tomorrow, on Thursday, June 23 2011.

The day will be marked with a conference held at the United Nations in New York – bringing together widows, advocates, diplomats, UN officials, NGOs and other dignitaries to help raise awareness for this important cause.

First launched in 2005, the Loomba Foundation, supported by Cherie Blair, is an international NGO caring for widows around the world.

The formal adoption of Widows Day internationally will mark an important first step in seeking to bring about greater dignity, and human rights for widows around the world.


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