23 June 2016
This year’s International Widows Day is being marked globally today
On June 23, 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 23 of every year as the International Widows’ Day to be celebrated annually.
It said this was in recognition of the situation of widows of all ages and across regions and cultures.
It declared: “absent in statistics, unnoticed by researchers, neglected by national and local authorities and mostly overlooked by civil society organisations – the situation of widows is, in effect, invisible.
“Yet abuse of widows and their children constitutes one of the most serious violations of human rights and obstacles to development today.
“Millions of the world’s widows endure extreme poverty, ostracism, violence, homelessness, ill health and discrimination in law and custom.’’