International Widows Day 2020: History and Significance of International Widows Day

 International Widow's day 2020: On 23 June 2020, International Widows Day is celebrate for global awareness.The day is observed on June 23 each year to raise awareness of human rights for widows who face a lot of backlash after their respective spouse's demise. Get the information about history, purpose, and facts about International Widows' Day in this article.

Naveen | Updated Jun 26, 2020 03:43 AM

International Widows Day 2020: History and Significance of International Widows Day

International Widows' day 2020

International Widows' Day is observed on June 23 every year since 2011. The loss of a partner is the most painful thing one can ever undergo. This loss is magnified for many women around the world especially in developing countries, by a long-term struggle for their basic needs, human rights and dignity. Women around the world who have lost their husbands to illness or war face a number of challenges, and when they do, not all of them have their families to support them. 

So, this day aims to ensure that widows are given the support they need to travel through an incredibly difficult time and to ensure that widows have full rights and recognition in their country.

What is the history of International Widows' day?

International Widows' Day was initiated by the Loomba foundation in 2005. The Loomba Foundation commissioned a report in 2009 to address problems related to widowhood. The findings were collected in a book that was presented to the UN in 2010, 'Invisible Forgotten Sufferers: The Plight of Widows Around the World.'

The 65th General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a resolution A/RES/65/189 to establish 23rd June International Widows Day in December 2010. 

What is the purpose of celebrating International Widows' day?

Unfortunately, a woman's rights are tied exclusively to her husband in some nations. She may find herself without a place in society when her husband dies. In these situations, it is not uncommon for women to be forced to marry another male relative of their husband.

When their husband dies, others are exposed to life-threatening, degrading, or traumatic mourning rituals and burial rites. Some may be taken out of their homes or separated from their children, denied work, and healthcare access. There are cultures that see the widows as cursed people and treat them by separating from the community along with their children.

International Widows' Day looks to stop this exclusion and educate the communities about the needs of vulnerable widows and empower them to access their children's health and education.

What are the measures taken towards the progress of widows?

International Widows' day is a chance of taking action to achieve full rights and recognition for widows by providing them a fair share in inheritance property, productive resources, land, social security not focused solely on marital status, decent jobs and support for education and training.

There is also a need for programs and policies to end violence against widows and their children, poverty, education and other assistance to widows of all ages, including in the sense of action plans to promote the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Governments should take steps to safeguard the rights of widows as enshrined in international law, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Moreover, Governments should make a move to maintain their duties to ensure the privileges of widows as incorporated in international law, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

Measures taken by Looma Foundation:

The Loomba Foundation talks with 5,000 widows in the Indian city of Varanasi among various different undertakings and asks them what kind of work they may like to do as they have categorized some works where women would like to work in accordance with their comfort and need to do as they do in the fields such as fitting, PC skills, and nursing, before ensuring that they are prepared to do so
By providing these facilities, they will be able to assume genuine responsibility for their working lives and future winning, finally accommodating their families, and without depending on others they can live their lives. We have to allow all ladies to give them the instruments to support themselves and their families, both monetarily and socially. We must start to consider them as supporters of society, as resources, not as objects of pity or, much more terrible, as objects of disgrace

International Widows' Day Facts 

Across the world, there are an estimated 258 million widows, and almost one in ten live in extreme poverty

 It is estimated that around 50 % of women are widows in some parts of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo

 As a part of burial and mourning rituals, widows are required to engage in painful, degrading, and even life-threatening cultural activities worldwide.

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International Widows' Day - FAQ

1. Why is International Widows' day celebrated?

International Widows' Day is celebrated to stop this exclusion and educate the communities about the needs of vulnerable widows and empower them to access their children's health and education.

2. When did the UNGA formally adopt 23 June as International Widows Day?

In December 2010, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution A/RES/65/189 and declared 23rd June as International Widows' Day to ensure that widows are given the support they need to travel through an incredibly difficult time and to ensure that widows have full rights and recognition in their country.

3. Who initiated the International Widows' day?

International Widows' Day was initiated by the Loomba foundation in 2005. 
The Loomba Foundation commissioned a report in 2009 to address problems related to widowhood.

4. Who is the founder of the Loomba Foundation?

Rajinder Paul Loomba initiated the International Widows' day as he was raised by his widowed mother. He is the founder of the Loomba Foundation. He is a philanthropist, founder and executive chairman of clothing company Loomba Group, and a member of House of Lords.