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Campaigning for Widows of the World

Campaigning for Widows of the World

Campaigning for Widows of the World

The Loomba Foundation has launched a campaign to The United Nations to recognise 23 June as International Widows Day, which was launched in 2005 by The Loomba Foundation to raise awareness of the injustices suffered by millions of widows and their children across the globe. By declaring 23 June to be International Widows Day, The United Nations would help to give a voice to the millions of suffering widows around the world, a cause that has until now been sadly misunderstood and ignored by the International Community. The Loomba Foundation urges The United Nations to grant formal recognition to International Widows Day.

There are around 245 million widows around the globe, with around 100 million widows and their children living in poverty and struggling to survive. This is not a crisis limited to developing countries; social isolation, deprivation and abuse are afflicted on widows across the world.

The Loomba Foundation raises awareness of the plight of widows to alleviate suffering and to remove the stigma attached to widowhood. They deliver aid in the form of education and sponsorship to thousands of widows and their children worldwide. They launched International Widows Day to drive awareness of the widows' crisis and to provide a platform from which widows voices can be heard.

By recognising 23 June as International Widows Day, The United Nations would be doing much to amplify the calls for long-overdue action.

To learn more about The Loomba Foundation click here

To read more on Helen Jonsen's Working Mother Blog click here

Click here to see the update: the campaign was a success