Glorification to widowed women, the Association of the United Nations announced the June 23 of each year from 2011,as the International Day for widows and approved this in December 2011
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations said “in his message on the occasion of the International Day for widows "No Women should lose any rights when lost her husband, but there are an estimated 115 million Widow, now living in poverty and 81 million widow has been exposed to physical assault. And girls who are married to older men are especially vulnerable to the violation of their rights. Let's take the occasion of the International Day for widows to call for the rights of all widows so that they can enjoy a better life and achieve what great potentials they have to contribute to our world. "
And Iraq is one of the countries in which the proportion of widowed women had rose after the events of 2003 due to the war and the security situation that has created approximately one and a half million widow, according to statistics of the Ministry of Planning that the majority of the widows are young and uneducated and growing in numbers in the past ten years , suffering from harshness of life and grief and low-living standards as a result of the loss of the financial provider and the burden of supporting their children, the increased talks of their support is to no avail,the only real support is the social Welfare salary which “too little to make any difference” we as organizations of civil society call upon the concerned authorities in this International Day for widows to take notice of this society layer that suffer severely .
We as the widows training and development center are working hard with all our means to offer a helping hand to widowed women through training sessions to enable them to find jobs to provide for living in addition to workshops and legal awareness ‘where many of them are unaware of the rights guaranteed by the Iraqi constitution’ as well as educational workshops in various fields to make them aware of the social welfare salary , the WTDC’s staff works to provide humanitarian support obtained from the supporting parties of the center
Iraqi widow and the International Day for widows