The Loomba Foundation releases the World Widows Report at the UN Headquarters

The Loomba Foundation has published its World Widows Report, the only authoritative, comprehensive global and country-wise data source about the discrimination and injustice faced by widows and their dependants (including the worst affected countries such as Afghanistan, Iraq, South Sudan), and informing on policy formulation by the United Nations and national governments. Released on 18th December 2015 at the UN Headquarters in New York in the presence of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the report also highlights the drastic circumstances under which over 200 million widows around the world struggle, such as health concerns and cleansing rituals. The launch coincided with the UN’s adoption of sustainable goals in an effort to encourage and drive policies that will pave the way for a brighter future. 

You can order a copy of the report at http://standardinfo.london/

 

India’s Minister of State for Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation visits The Loomba Foundation at IITF 2015

With a hope to garner industry support for poor widows and their children, The Loomba Foundation participated at the 35th India International Trade Fair (IITF) 2015, held in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi on November 14-27. The Foundation aimed to promote the vision of a better future through education and livelihood, for the disadvantaged children of the widows. India’s Minister of State for Urban Development and Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation, Shri Babul Supriyo graced our stall with his presence. Earlier, the stall was inaugurated by Dr. Anoop Kumar Mittal, CMD of National Buildings Construction Corporation Ltd. (NBCC), a blue-chip Navratna Enterprise under the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India. The CMD was accompanied by the Director, Finance and Director Activities and other senior officers of NBCC including Mr. Rajendra Wanchoo, Chief General Manager (HRM), NBCC.

The UK’s premier Asian Awards support The Loomba Foundation

In its 15th anniversary, the Asian Achievers Awards (AAA) organized by Asian Business Publications Limited (ABPL), selected The Loomba Foundation as the choice of sponsored charity at the event held on 18th September, 2015 in Grosvenor House, London. In a bid to promote the economic welfare and empowerment of the disadvantaged widows, The Loomba Foundation held a 45-minute long live auction including holidays sponsored by Superstar, Brightsun Travel UK Ltd., Blue Yonder Holidays Pvt Ltd., and Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Ltd. (IRCTC), as well as a 60″ x 48″ framed pure silk wall tapestry sponsored by the Loomba Family featuring intricate handloom weaving of Varanasi, one of the world’s major silk exporters, but also known as a city of widows in India. Lord Archer generously conducted the live auction for the raffle prize of six bottles of fine champagne from the House of Lords. The Foundation also encouraged participants to pledge their individual support to the cause of empowering widows.

 

The Loomba Foundation seeks recognition for widows in UN’s sustainable development agenda on its 10th anniversary

The Loomba Foundation observed its 10th International Widow’s Day on 23 June with a charity fundraiser dinner in Westminster, where over 250 high profile guests were in attendance, including The Loomba Foundation’s President Cherie Blair CBE QC, actress and human rights activist Bianca Jagger, Baroness Betty Boothroyd, Lord Navnit Dholakia, Lord Jim Wallace, Baroness Lindsey Northover, Virendra Sharma MP, Mr. G. P. Hinduja, Mr. Navin Jindal and several others. The proceeds of the charity dinner will be used to empower widows in the holy Indian city of Varanasi, which has an estimated 38,000 widows in total. In the first phase, The Loomba Foundation aims to provide for sewing machine and garment making training to 1000 widows and is also accepting donations online.

At the occasion, The Loomba Foundation released its 274-page-long Global Widows Report 2015, which provides an overview of the deprivation faced by widows and their children worldwide, primary causes of widowhood in developed and developing countries, challenges and proposed practical solutions. The report estimates that the number of widows in the world has gone up by 9% since 2010, and today there are nearly 258.5 million widows around the world, out of which nearly 100 million live in poverty and 81 million have had to face some sort of abuse. The number of children of widows has gone up by 5.7% in the last five years and today stands at more than half a billion (584.5 million), out of which 1.5 million children die before their fifth birthday.

The Loomba Foundation’s 2015 Global Widows Report argues that while the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (or MDGs), set in 2000, helped immensely in creating a single framework of economic and social development goals covering everything from reproductive health to the environment, yet it missed out on some key issues that were interlinked with individual MDGs. As a result, unfortunately, there was no focus on specific issues of widows in goals such as Gender Equality and Empowerment of women, which were overshadowed by more well-known issues.

In the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework likely to be finalized at a UN Summit in New York in September this year, The Loomba Foundation is advocating for clear guiding principles to set the goals so that the development issues are better addressed by allowing the inclusion of specific areas such as widow’s deprivation.