International Widows Day marks the awareness of the plight of the estimated 259 million widows around the world, over 115 million of whom live in poverty. Widows are badly treated by their family members and relatives; even the society is not giving any values to the widows. In 1829, sati (burning to death of a widow on her husband’s funeral pyre) was banned by British but still happens in some areas.

International Widows Day is observed on June 23 every year. International Widows Day 2017 sees its 20th anniversary. On the eve of International Widows Day, Joanna Lumley will launch a blimp airship and celebrate the 20th anniversary.  This day is celebrates to create awareness for widows and their children around the world who are in poverty, illiteracy, HIV/AIDS, conflict and social injustice.

In some places widow are treated as social exclusive, although it is not their fault that they lost their husband. They are in pain of losing their husband, but the society is not showing any sympathy on those innocent, instead they treat them badly.  The International Widows Day 2017 Theme will be mentioned below. The International Widows Day is a United Nations ratified day to address the “Poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependents in many countries”.

When their own family is not taking care of the widows, we have to join our hands to protect the widows of our country and provide education to them and their children. If you are not helping the widows atleast don’t treat them badly. In some countries like India, Widows are treated as bad luck and no one invite them to their homes functions and marriages. When will the women turned into a misfortune when her husband died. Women values are not depend on her husband, she is born alone and died alone, it not her husband to stand for her, it’s only her. Take a look at Widows Day History

International Widows Day was established by The Loomba Foundation to raise awareness of the issues of widowhood. The first Widows’ day took place in 2005, launched by Lord Loomba and the foundation’s president, Cherie Blair.

  • 259 Million widows and over 585 million children suffer in silence worldwide
  • Many of these women and their children are malnourished, exposed to disease
  • 5 million widows’ children in the world die before their fifth birthday
  • Children of widows face horrible fate such as child marriage, illiteracy, loss of schooling, human trafficking, etc.
  • Widowed women facing targeted murder, rape, forced marriage, prostitution, property theft, physical abuse, etc.


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