The loss of a spouse or partner is often regarded as the devastating, but for many women, this one is more than devastating or the exaggerated for the basic means of necessities, like, “long-term struggle” for basic needs, human rights, and dignity, as per the UN Women, which they say in a message to mark International Widows’ Day.
On its website dedicated to the Day, the United Nations calls the abuse of widows and their children “one of the most serious violations of human rights and obstacles to development today.”
“We must consider both the vital role windows play in our society, the ways in which gender inequality impacts their ability to thrive on their own, and the specific recognition and attention that they need from all of us,” underscored Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women declared in her message for the Day of this International Widows’ Day.
In the different range of countries, religions and ethnic groups, when a woman’s husband dies, she is left destitute – often illiterate or uneducated so they have no access to credit or other economic resources – representation her unable to support herself or even her family, as per the UN.
As per the UN Women’s 2018 Turning Promises into Action: Gender Equality in around 2030 the Agenda for Sustainable Development, practically and almost one-in-ten of the estimated 258 million widows live in extreme poverty worldwide – with little or no input to policies impacting their survival.
“When widows with young children lose property, income, and other assets—especially in the absence of support for unpaid care work—they may be forced to take their daughters out of school to work or help take care of siblings and housework,” continued Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka.
“This is how gender inequality perpetuates itself, continuing the cycle of disadvantage for girls and women for decades to come,” she added.
The General Assembly, In 2010, set aside June 23 rd each year in order to pay tribute to the millions of living spouses who undergo with the worst or the extreme poverty, ostracism, violence, homelessness, and discrimination.
at the same time, because the violence against women is one of the most widespread contraventions or violation of human rights, widows may be at predominantly having the high risk of the survival.
In the several nations, widows find themselves the victims of physical and mental violence – which is include the sexual abuse – related to inheritance, land and property disputes.
Furthermore, they often go through and tolerate poor nutrition, inadequate shelter, and vulnerability to violence – collectively with the lack of access to health care also.
Despite the fact that they frequently become victims of rape and molestation, alongside, the domestic violence because of their economic insecurity, sometimes driven to sex work also especially, in Asia and Africa.
Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka highlighted the important issue to empower all women; obstruction to justice must be removed as well the social stigma norms undertake and also to deal…
“On this International Widows’ Day, let us remember that widows are heroes, working hard to keep families, communities, and societies together following the loss of their spouses,” told the UN Women chief.
“As societies, we owe it to the widows of the world to give them the respect, visibility and unique support they need,” she completed her speech.
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