The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UN Women, has called for attention to the plight of widows who are stigmatised, shunned and shamed following the death of their husbands.
The UN Women, on the occasion of the 2018 International Widows’ Day, celebrated today June 23, said there were estimated 258 million widows globally.
The UN agency highlighted the vital role widows play in the society, the ways in which gender inequality impacts on their ability to thrive on their own, and the specific recognition and attention that they need from the society.
Executive Director of UN Women in her message for the Day said the body owes it to the widows of the world to give them the respect, visibility and unique support they need.
Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted that to empower women, barriers to justice must be removed and social stigma norms tackled.
In 2010, the General Assembly set aside June 23 each year to pay tribute to the millions of living spouses who endure extreme poverty, ostracism, violence, homelessness and discrimination.
Source – BBC