The International Widows Day 2021 is being observed on Wednesday (today).
The United Nations observes 23 June as International Widows Day since 2011, to draw attention to the voices and experiences of widows and to galvanize the unique support that they need.
Moreover, the theme for International Widows Day is “Invisible Women, Invisible Problems”.
The theme tends to highlight the fact that for many societies a woman’s identity is attached to her partner and after his death, the problems faced by her are ignored by policymakers who don’t give any special attention to the widowed woman.
June 23 was adopted officially as International Widow Day by the United National General Assembly on December 23, 2010. But before getting UN’s recognition, the day was already observed since 2005 by the Loomba Foundation. The foundation chose June 23 as the official date as it was on this day in 1954 that Shrimati Pushpa Wati Loomba, mother of the founder, Rajinder Paul Loomba, became a widow.