We bring you the voices of some widows that have worked with UN Women, as they push through the barriers in pursuit of a life with dignity, joy and aspirations. UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, especially the most vulnerable ones, like widows. It works to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women.
The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic could reverse the limited progress that has been made on gender equality and women’s rights. The coronavirus outbreak exacerbates existing inequalities for women and girls across every sphere – from health and the economy, to security and social protection. Let's do not forget we have a commitment to Goal 5 for 2030.
International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.