International Widows Day 2021
International Widows Day is celebrated globally on 23 June every year.
The day is widely known to draw attention to the voices and experiences of widows and to encourage the unparalleled support they offer. This year 2021 will also be celebrated in large quantity in view of covid 19. Even today, widows, many women across the world face challenges after losing their life partner and struggle for a long time for basic needs, their human rights, and limit.
International Widows Day: History
The Loomba Foundation started celebrating International Widow’s Day in 2005. According to Loomba, women in different countries face a lot of hardship after the death of their husbands. They are neither looked after by an NGO, nor any government as well as a society also considers them a curse. Therefore, it was officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly on 23 June 2010.
History of International Widow’s Day
In order to bring all widows in the world into the mainstream of society, UNGA announced on 23 June 2011 to celebrate the first International Widows Day. Since the year 2011, International Widow Day is being celebrated for the upliftment of this exploited section of the world. Be aware that Britain’s Loomba Foundation had been campaigning in the United Nations for 7 years regarding atrocities against widows around the world. With the effort of this organization, on the basis of the statistics of atrocities against widows in the United Nations, Widow Day was declared. We have been celebrating this day every year since 2011, now in 2021 it will be the 10th International Widow Day.
The objective of International Widow’s Day:
This day is celebrated to spread awareness about the dignity of widowed women. This day throws light on the condition of widows, which shows what kind of neglect and problems they have to face in society. Most civil society organizations also ignore this neglected section of society.
Why Celebrate International Widow’s Day
Often widows have to go through a situation like exclusion from society. The mistreatment of widows and their children is a serious violation of human rights. This is celebrated to raise awareness about window to live confidently.
International Widows Day 2021: Theme
This year 2021 23rd June is the theme of ‘Invisible Women, Invisible Problems’
Facts of International Widow’s Day
➡Millions of widows in the world have to endure problems like poverty, exclusion, violence, homelessness, ill health, and discrimination in law and custom. ➡An estimated 115 million widows live in poverty and 81 million faces physical abuse.
➡An estimated 40 million widows live in India. 15000 widows live alone on the streets of Vrindavan, the holy city of Mathura in Uttar Pradesh. ➡Generally, widows have to go through a situation like exclusion from society. The mistreatment of widows and their children is a serious violation of human rights.
➡Abuse of widows and their children is one of the most serious violations of human rights and one of the biggest obstacles to development today.
➡International Widow’s Day is celebrated across the world on 23 June. In order to give special recognition to the status of widows of all ages, regions, and cultures, the United Nations General Assembly declared International Widow Day for the first time on 23 June 2011, which will be celebrated annually.