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International Widows' Day

International Widows' Day was introduced to address poverty and injustice faced by widows and their children in many countries. It was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2010 and is observed anually on June 23.

The situation of widows in many countries is desolate.

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What Do People Do?

The first officially recognized International Widows' Day on June 23, 2011 was marked with a conference held in the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Public Life

International Widows' Day is a global observance and not a public holiday.

Background

International Widows' Day was initiated by the Loomba Foundation in 2005. The plight of widows world-wide has been the foundation's focus since it was established in 1997. According to its founder, Raj Loomba, women in many countries experience great hardship after their husbands die. “They are not looked after by governments or NGOs and they are shunned by society.”

The observance falls on June 23 because Loomba's mother became a widow on that date in 1954.

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International Widows' Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015TueJun 23International Widows' DayUnited Nations observance
2016ThuJun 23International Widows' DayUnited Nations observance
2017FriJun 23International Widows' DayUnited Nations observance
2018SatJun 23International Widows' DayUnited Nations observance
2019SunJun 23International Widows' DayUnited Nations observance
2020TueJun 23International Widows' DayUnited Nations observance
2021WedJun 23International Widows' DayUnited Nations observance
2022ThuJun 23International Widows' DayUnited Nations observance
2023FriJun 23International Widows' DayUnited Nations observance
2024SunJun 23International Widows' DayUnited Nations observance
2025MonJun 23International Widows' DayUnited Nations observance

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