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Int'l Widows Day marked.

ISLAMABAD -- International Widows Day marked on Friday (June, 23) across the globe to address poverty and injustice faced by widows and their children in many countries.

It was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2010 and is observed anually on June 23.

The first officially recognized International Widows' Day on June 23, 2011 was marked with a conference held in the United Nations headquarters in New York.

International Widows' Day was initiated by the Loomba Foundation in 2005. The plight of widows world-wide has been the foundation's focus since it was established in 1997.

According to its founder, Raj Loomba, women in many countries experience great hardship after their husbands die.

'They are not looked after by governments or NGOs and they are shunned by society.'

The observance falls on June 23 because Loomba's mother became a widow on that date in 1954.

International Widows' Day serves to recognize widows and their unique situations worldwide. Widows are women whose husbands have died.

After their husbands have passed, many widows are forced to fight for their human rights and overcome many obstacles to ensure their social and economic development.

It is estimated that there are over 245 million widows worldwide, nearly half of which live in extreme poverty and are subject to cruel violence.

International Widows' Day was declared by the United Nations and first celebrated on June 23, 2011 in an effort empower widows and help them to regain their rights, which have long been ignored and violated.

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Publication:Balochistan Times (Baluchistan Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jun 24, 2017
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