- June 23 -

International Widow's Day

Absent in statistics, unnoticed by researchers, neglected by national and local authorities and mostly overlooked by civil society organizations – the situation of widows is, in effect, invisible. International Widows’ Day is commemorated to raise awareness to end all...

International Widow's Day

Absent in statistics, unnoticed by researchers, neglected by national and local authorities and mostly overlooked by civil society organizations – the situation of widows is, in effect, invisible.
International Widows’ Day is commemorated to raise awareness to end all discrimination against the world’s widows, and to enable them to enjoy their full human rights. Millions of the world’s widows endure extreme poverty, ostracism, violence, homelessness, ill health and discrimination.
Yet abuse of widows and their children constitutes one of the most serious violations of human rights and obstacles to development today. Millions of the world’s widows endure extreme poverty, ostracism, violence, homelessness, ill health and discrimination in law and custom.

To give special recognition to the situation of widows of all ages and across regions and cultures, the United Nations General Assembly declared 23 June 2011 as the first-ever International Widows’ Day, to be celebrated annually, draws attention to the estimated 115 million widows currently living under the poverty line, and the 81 million who are subjected to physical abuse, often by their own family members.

International Widows’ Day recognized by the United Nations to highlight poverty and injustice faced by widows and their children in many countries.

Source:
http://www.un.org/en/events/widowsday/
http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2013/6/international-widows-day-2013/#sthash.OeWaRicD.dpuf

Categories:

More holidays on this day:

United Nations Public Service Day
International Olympic Day

You may also like...

Interesting events from Global category.

World Puppetry Day

World Puppetry Day, comes every March 21. The idea came from the puppet theater Dzhivada Zolfagariho from Iran. In 2000 at the XVIII Congress of the Union Internationale de la Marionnette, (UNIMA) in Magdeburg, he made the proposal for discussion. Two years later, at a meeting of the International...

International Day of Sport for the Development of Peace

On August 23, 2013, the United Nations proclaimed that the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace would be celebrated on April 6 each year. This date also marks the opening of the first modern Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. The International Day of Sport for the Development...

International Romani Day

The International Romani Day (April 8) is a day to celebrate Romani culture and raise awareness of the issues facing Romani people. The Romani Diaspora began 1000 years ago from what is now Northern India. There are at least 12 million Roma scattered throughout the world. In Europe, Roma...

International Jugglers Day

International Jugglers Day celebrates the skill of juggling, and those talented people who can juggle many balls and objects at a time. Common objects include: balls, clubs, swords, plates, rings, and flaming sticks. The best jugglers can juggle up to ten balls at a time. Juggling is a...

International Missing Children's Day

International Missing Children's Day, 25 May, is a day where people around the world commemorate the missing children who have found their way home, remember those who have been victims of crime, and continue efforts to find those who are still missing. International Missing Children’s Day was...

International Day of the African Child

The Day of the African Child has been celebrated on June 16 every year since 1991, when it was first initiated by the Organisation of African Unity (the forerunner of the African Union). It honors those who participated in the Soweto Uprising in 1976 on that day. It also raises awareness of the...

Download KeepIn Calendar

Enjoy the interesting stories even on your phone or tablet