International Widows' Day
The loss of a partner under any circumstance is tragic. For many women in developing countries, this also manifests in a new-found struggle for basic needs and financial stability. In some countries, women are not eligible to access many benefits or rights, from citizenship and health care to inheritance rights. Due to the current global pandemic, this has been exacerbated further.
Currently, there are an estimated 258 million widows around the world, and nearly one in ten live in extreme poverty. This number is likely to increase in the next few months and in the aftermath of global coronavirus peaks.
International Widows' Day has been celebrated since 2011, to draw attention to the voices and experiences of widows. We must put pressure on governments to change laws that hinder women from achieving full equality as well as supporting those women who find themselves without an income. We need to implement and strengthen programmes and policies for ending violence against widows and their children. Education is crucial as ever.
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