International Widows’ Day (23 June) is an occasion marked by women's groups around the world. This date is also commemorated at the United Nations and is designated in many countries as a national holiday. When women on all continents, often divided by national boundaries and by ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic and political differences, come together to celebrate their Day, they can look back to a tradition that represents at least nine decades of struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.
The Shrimati Pushpa Wati Loomba Trust celebrated International Women's Day in association with Overseas Indian Facilitation Centre(OIFC) by arranging a charity programme at the residence of Sir Richard Stagg, British High Commissioner to India, with a conscious effort to make women aware about the need to look seriously into betterment of their health. The programme was then adjourned for Lunch at his place.
Mr. Mukul Anand and Ms. Neenu Khanna from Immaculate explained the need to celebrate such a day, where problems of women can always be brought into the forefront, discussed and solutions can be thought of.
As a part of the celebrations, S. L. Bambri (Country Head of Loomba Trust), Ms Shubha Rajan (Director Overseas Indian Facilitation Center and Confederation Of Indian Industry) was also present in the event.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Mukul Anand from Immaculate said “Through International Widows Day, we hope to mobilize public and private resources towards tangible outcomes for widows, such as education to provide a more reliable way forward to ensure the world's most vulnerable people are not consigned to a life of poverty and destitute. " He also distributed bed sheets and towels to all the widows and children present there. He also contributed by announcing a free course to widows and their children from Institute or Real Estate, Finance and Investment, which would help disadvantaged children to gain an education so they can get a job, and be able to support their families. Certificates were also distributed to widows and their children who got trained by Dr. Blossom Kochhar, leading international personality in the world of Hair Design and Beauty Culture.