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UN Launches International Widows' Day

BBC News World, 23 June 2011

Watch the BBC story about UN International Widows' Day featuring interviews with Cherie and Yoko Ono.

Thursday sees the first ever UN International Widows' Day, aimed at highlighting the plight of women all over the world who have lost their husbands.

The organisation says an estimated 115 million of the world's 245 million widows face poverty and discrimination, with many deprived of their inheritance, land and even their children.

Laura Trevelyan reports from UN headquarters in New York.