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International Widow’s Day occurs on the 23rd day of June every year to address the difficulties of the millions of widows’ across the worlds that are experiencing poverty and social deprivation after losing their husbands.

According to research about 200 million widows’ and their children are facing difficulties like ill-health, illiteracy and poverty. Some are suffering from violence and sexual abuse and in some cultures widows’ are treated as bad signs.

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In some societies, women are not educated and married at an early age and made dependent on their husbands. If their husband dies, they would depend on charity or homeless since they lack inheritance on property rights.


The Loomba Foundation, a non-government organisation (NGO) with a mission to provide all forms of support to widows’ and their children concerning education and rehabilitation, started this particular day.

The main aim of this day is to recognise the intolerable levels of life the widows’ are facing and assisting them in every possible way and make people aware of these hardships.

The reason for selecting the 23rd June for this global event is to honour Pushpa Wati Loomba, mother of the Raj Loomba, founder of the organisation. The International Widow’s Day History is stated below.

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On this day in 1954, she lost her husband, along with her son had faced many issues regarding the social intolerance and financial adversity.

Young Raj Loomba was mainly affected by those incidents and when he grew up; Raj had achieved commercial success and became a member of the UK House of Lords. In 1997, he established The Loomba Foundation and had extended the base of the organisation to many countries and helping widows’ by giving support in all aspects.

The Loomba Foundation declared the first International Widows’’ Day in 2005.In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly officially announced June 23rd as International Widows’’ Day and ordered its member nations to focus on the needs of widows’.

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This day is celebrated by organising programs to educate and empower widows’. International Widows’ Day is known as the awareness day and aims to sensitise the global population for the misery of the widows’.