According to the United Nations’ report, over 258 million women are widows all over the world and 1 in every 10 of these widows are living daily in extreme poverty making it almost impossible for them to meet their basic needs. In the year 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared every 23rd of June as International Widows’ Day in order to seek support for these women.
Widows are exposed to a lot of challenges especially in developing nations where they are deprived of inheritance, they are denied access to good livelihood, they experience discrimination, and so on. The problems widows encounter in such societies are Violence, Poverty, Conflict-related situations, and Health issues. The United Nations is concerned that the outbreak of the covid19 pandemic might lead to a huge increase in the number of women who are widowed.
The outbreak of the covid19 pandemic has left lots of women widowed and their children left needy because their husbands who are the breadwinners died as a result of the infectious disease. Lockdowns and Economic closures in most nations of the world at this time may lead to the lack of pension payment, healthcare, or even bank accounts to support both themselves and their children.
Peace and Conflict Resolution Resource Centre (PEACrEc) commiserates with all the women who are widowed as a result of the covid19 pandemic and other vices on this day. We use this opportunity to call on governments, activists and other stakeholders to provide adequate support for widows and also do all within their power to ensure the protection of their rights as we believe that a society that is peaceful is a place where the welfare of everyone is catered for not regarding their marital status or placement.