International Widow's Day
Today, on International Widow's Day, we'd like to extend our sincere condolences to everyone out there who lost a husband or partner. We hope, in time, the memory of your loved one heals the pain of their absence.
We would also like to take a moment to recognize that Widow's Day falls during Men's Health Month, and remind everyone that the biggest thing men can do (within their control) to prevent their wives or partners from becoming widows is take care of their health.
That said, International Widow's Day is actually about the impact of losing a husband in less developed parts of the world.
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.
Vast numbers of women are widowed due to armed conflict. It is estimated that in the Republic of Congo, nearly 50% of women are widows.
Unfortunately, in other parts of the world, widows face extreme discrimination, exclusion, and abuse. Many of these women have children. Today is a day to raise awareness of the inequities in treatment of widows globally.
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