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International Widows Day provides an opportunity to celebrate widows, their strengths, abilities and endless resilience. Despite the challenges they encounter, widows possess an innate ability to overcome obstacles and thrive. With the necessary support, resources and opportunities, they have the potential to accomplish anything they set their minds to.

Their courage and tenacity inspire us all to recognize and celebrate their achievements, highlighting the limitless potential within each widow.

Therefore, today we would like to celebrate widows in grand fashion!

Mayor Eric Adams, of NYC, Celebrates International Widows Day with GFW

To commemorate such a date, Mr Eric Adams, the Mayor of New York City has provided us with a Mayoral Commendation. The letter expresses the critical need to take action and address the multifaceted array of challenges that widows face globally.

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Mayor Muriel Bowser, of the District of Columbia, Celebrates International Widows Day with GFW

In addition, Madam Muriel Bowser, the mayor of the District of Columbia has also provided us with a Mayoral Commendation to celebrate widows and help raise awareness on the realities that millions of them face globally.

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The African Union Commemorates International Widows' Day on June 23

On June 23rd, the African Union (AU) paused to commemorate International Widows’ Day. “The African Union recognizes the challenges confronting African widows and their families. It is also committed to working with partners such as GFW to improve their lives meaningfully financially, socially, and emotionally.”

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At the Global Fund for Widows, we feel incredibly honored to have received these recognitions and are excited to be sharing them with you! We are proud of our accomplishments and the milestones we have achieved.

We are also thrilled to share with you a collection of inspiring stories highlighting the strength, courage, and resilience of widows worldwide. These incredible women have faced adversity with unwavering determination and have emerged as beacons of hope and leadership in their communities.

Watch the following videos of widows thriving around the world!

We don’t see widows as victims, but rather as agents of change…” – Egypt

“My name Lilian Julius, I do dairy farming and thanks to the WISALA I am now able to pay for my kids education, reliable food, household and other needs” – Kenya

Don't miss out on our social media awareness campaign!

Throughout the month we have been uploading an array of informative posts to raise awareness and visibility on the challenges widows face.

These past weeks we have posted on:
– Mental Health
– Food security
– Widows in conflict and post-conflict
– Widowhood and sustainability

…and more!

In commemoration of International Widows Day, we are doing a call to action to raise the necessary funds to expand our programs and reach as many widows as possible.

Help widows become economically independent by collaborating here!

Thank you for your support! Your contributions have empowered 30,343 widows worldwide.

Best wishes,

The Global Fund for Widows Team