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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.

African mother and child
The situation of widows in many countries is desolate.

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.


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

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday Type
ThuJun 232011International Widows' DayUnited Nations observance
SatJun 232012International Widows' DayUnited Nations observance
SunJun 232013International Widows' DayUnited Nations observance
MonJun 232014International Widows' DayUnited Nations observance
TueJun 232015International Widows' DayUnited Nations observance
ThuJun 232016International Widows' DayUnited Nations observance
FriJun 232017International Widows' DayUnited Nations observance
SatJun 232018International Widows' DayUnited Nations observance
SunJun 232019International Widows' DayUnited Nations observance
TueJun 232020International Widows' DayUnited Nations observance

Quick Facts

Poverty and injustice against widows is a world-wide problem addressed by International Widows' Day.

International Widows' Day 2017

Friday, June 23, 2017

International Widows' Day 2018

Saturday, June 23, 2018


Name in other languages

International Widows' DayEnglish
Día Internacional de las ViudasSpanish
יום האלמנות 'הבינלאומיתHebrew
اليوم الدولي للأراملArabic
국제 과부의 날Korean
Internationaler Tag der WitwenGerman

List of dates for other years

United Nation Holiday on June 23, 2017

Fun Holidays on June 23, 2017

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