International Widows Day is Tuesday, June 23, 2020
International Widows Day is an annual day to bring global awareness to the violation of human
rights and dignity that widows suffer in many countries after the death of their spouses.
The loss of a spouse is devastating under the best of circumstances but the COVID-19 pandemic has made
the situation worse over the last several months, leaving many thousands of women newly widowed
and cut off from financial and familial support. There are an estimated 258 million widows around the
world, and close to 1 in 10 live in extreme poverty.
The United Nations observes this day to draw attention to the voices & experiences of widows across the globe
and to galvanize the unique support that they need. It is an opportunity for action towards achieving full
rights and recognition for widows. Widows' rights are women's rights are human rights.
"For many women, becoming a widow does not just mean the heartache of losing a husband, but
often losing everything else as well." – Cherie Blair, wife of former Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
Sara J. Cobb
Founder, My Grief Connection
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