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International Widows Day
23 June, 2021
Of the estimated 258 million widows globally, near one in ten live in extreme poverty and many face the additional problems of violence, ill-health and conflict-related situations. Established in 2011, International Widows Day is to listen to the voices and experiences of widows and to achieve full rights and recognition for widows. Governments are to uphold international law, including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Women need additionally to be educated and supported in access to:
- a fair share of their inheritance, land and productive resources;
- pensions and social protections that are not based on marital status alone;
- decent work and equal pay;
- education and training opportunities;
- empowerment measures for widows to support themselves and their families (and addressing social stigmas that create exclusion, and discriminatory or harmful practices); and
- peacebuilding and reconciliation processes to ensure that they contribute to sustainable peace and security.