The United Nations New York Association and my Lifetime Achievement Award

United Nations Award Lord Loomba

On 29th October 2014 I received a Lifetime Achievement award from the United Nations Association of New York. It was a very proud moment for me as it was recognition for the work I have carried out over the years in my quest to help widows and their children. The occasion was the ‘Humanitarian of Year’ awards in order to mark UN Day. The theme for the awards was ‘Empowering Women, Promoting Peace and Progress’ and the honorees selected were individuals and organisations who have shown extraordinary commitment to social entrepreneurship, gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the world.

United Nations Award Lord Loomba

Ban Ki-Moon was unable to attend the dinner and presentation but he wrote a message in the program and I just want to share one line in particular as it highlights why it is so important to keep helping widows:

“The United Nations draws a direct link between progress for women and advancements across society as a whole.”

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Message from Ban Ki-moon On International Widows’ Day

Message from Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations

On International Widows’ Day, 23 June 2013

We commemorate the third International Widows’ Day for the hundreds of millions of women in the world who suffer exploitation, deprivation and exclusion when their husbands die. Today, we call for stronger action to end widespread discrimination against widows because no woman should lose her rights when she loses her husband.

Every human being has the right to live in dignity with equal rights and opportunities to realize their potential. Yet women and girls continue to face gender-based violence and discrimination, and this is the case for many widows around the world.

Many widows are denied their rights—from being evicted from their homes because they cannot inherit property or the land they live on to being forced into exploitative and risky sex work to support themselves and their families because they have no income and nowhere else to turn. [Read more…]