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One in every 10 women of marital age is widowed: Loomba

Jul 03, 2018

Loomba Foundation collaborates with Rotary India Literacy Mission to advocate impoverished widows in society and to ensure improved livelihoods for them.

New Delhi: The Loomba Foundation, UN-accredited charity that focuses on the empowerment of widows, organized an event to recognize and honor International Widows Day in New Delhi.

Loomba Foundation has organized high level conferences to highlight the condition of widows, lobbying the United Nations to have a day dedicated to mark International Widow Day on 23rd June which is celebrated every year since 2005, when it was first launched by the Foundation at the House of Lord in the UK.

The event began with speeches by patrons and supporters of The Loomba Foundation followed by Dominic Acquith, British High Commissioner to India, honoring the work done by the Loomba Foundation. After the delivering of speeches, mementos and certificates were presented to the guests by Cherie Blair, , Former First Lady of UK and Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister of Law and Justice.

Founder & Chairman-Trustee of The Loomba Foundation, Lord Loomba said, One in every 10 women of marital age is widowed. In today’s modern world where we speak of women empowerment, atrocities and injustice are still being inflicted on widows and their children in the name of customs and traditions. Seeing what my mother went through once she was widowed, inspired me to work tirelessly to help widows lead the lives they deserve. One of the biggest milestones that the Loomba Foundation has achieved is to get UN recognizes International Widows Day on June 23 everyday.”

On the 20th anniversary of the Loomba Foundation established a partnership with Rotary India Literacy Mission to provide vocational skills training to 30,000 impoverished widows. The objective of the partnership project with the Rotary India Literacy Mission (RILM) is to empower 1000 widows in each of the 30 states for 3-6 months in different industries like tailoring, sewing, hair & style etc., and to educate 2000 children of poor widows in India.

Since its inception, The Loomba Foundation has worked for the welfare of poor widows around the world. It is assisting over 15,000 impoverished widows in nine states and has sponsored five year-long education scholarships for more than 10,000 children of poor widows, supporting more than 60,000 of their family members across 29 states in India.

The Foundation was started by Lord Raj Loomba who has been honored with several recognitions and accolades including the Indian Government’s Pravasi Bhartiya Samman Patra; the United Nations Association of New York’s Lifetime Achievement Award; the Forbes India Philanthropy Award; British Asian of the Year Award; and, an Honorary Fellowship by The University of Northampton.

It was due to the efforts of Lord Loomba that the United Nations recognized 23rd June as International Widows Day which has helped bring the world’s attention to this neglected humanitarian crisis that impacts more than 259 million widows and their 584 million children worldwide.

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