International Widows' Day is an observance dedicated to raising awareness of the hardships that widows face and promoting measures to alleviate their suffering. This day serves as a reminder of the challenges that millions of women face worldwide due to the loss of their husbands. It seeks to raise awareness and spur action towards empowering these women who often suffer from lack of access to education, healthcare, and economic opportunities.
International Widows' Day was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2010 in response to initiatives by non-governmental organizations that aimed to draw attention to the plight of widows. In the United Kingdom, there are an estimated 676,000 widows, with around 70% being over the age of 65. With age, widows may also experience physical and emotional challenges, such as loneliness, depression, and financial difficulties. Many widows also face legal challenges, such as inheritance laws, property rights, and pensions.
In the United Kingdom, International Widows' Day is observed through events and initiatives by charities and civil society organizations. These activities aim to raise awareness of the struggles that widows face and promote support for these women. International Widows' Day is observed on the 23rd of June in the United Kingdom. This day provides an opportunity to come together to support and empower widows in the United Kingdom and around the world.
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References and related siteswww.un.org: Widows Day www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov: Facts www.reuters.com: Global Number of Widows Rises as War and Disease Take Toll www.incharge.org: InCharge widows in the U.S. 2021