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A space where I keep you up to date with news and ponderings about widows in the developing world
ON INTERNATIONAL WIDOWS DAY, THERE'S A NEW WAVE RISING!
A wave of hope is building along the western coast of India. Hope that a new day may be dawning for widows.
In an ancient culture where for centuries women have suffered all sorts of indignities and deprivations when their husband dies, now there are village councils that have recently passed resolutions banning the customary treatment of widows.
Today we remember… the many who fought and made the ultimate sacrifice. We wear the poppy. We stand in silence as we honour their memory.
But what of the
widows? Who remembers them?
Today I'm borrowing a blog from Ambreen Zaidi, an army wife, whose recently published book tells the stories of many war widows. She says it better than I ever could.
You do it every year... buy presents for the Him in your life or the Her, for the kids, the grand kids, for Great Aunt Maud and Uncle Chester, for the schoolteachers, for your son's latest girlfriend...
And every year it's a job you're glad to get finished. Whew! That's done for another year!
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF RURAL WOMEN
A widow woke up this morning in rural Africa (or India or Southeast Asia or Latin America or Europe... ). She didn't know that today (Oct. 15) is International Day of Rural Women.
Nor did she know that tomorrow (Oct. 16) is World Food Day. Or that October 17th is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
And if she knew?
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