International Widows' Day w/Faith Audu, Founder of Widows and Widowers Dating

Today is International Widows' Day, a United Nations ratified day of action to address the "poverty and injustice faced by millions of widows and their dependents in many countries" and a day that's an opportunity for action towards achieving full rights and recognition for widows. Celebrated on June 23 annually, it's an initiative of the Loomba Foundation, launched at the House of Lords in London on 26 May 2005. Following the launch, the Loomba Foundation led a five-year global campaign for UN recognition, which resulted in a unanimous decision to adopt International Widows Day as an annual global day of action by the UN General Assembly in December 2010.

Did you know...

  • There are an estimated 258 million widows around the world, and nearly one in ten live in extreme poverty.

  • In some parts of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, for instance, it is reported that around 50 percent of women are widows.

  • Widows are coerced into participating in harmful, degrading, and even life-threatening traditional practices as part of burial and mourning rites.

What you should know about widowhood

As widows move through their own experiences of grief, loss, or trauma after the death of a spouse, they may also face economic insecurity, discrimination, stigmatization, and harmful traditional practices on the basis of their marital status.

Source: Loomba Foundation & United Nations

Faith Audu

Today, I would like to introduce you to my friend, Faith Audu, a widow of five years, originally from Delta State (Nigeria), now living in Lagos. She’s an amazing woman living in Lagos with an agenda to make a difference in the lives of widows and widowers as they seek to find meaningful relationships in the world of dating.

What have you been up to since being named BWWE's Black Widow Magic Ambassador in 2019?

First of all, I want to say thank you so very much for creating the BWWE platform". The BWWE Ambassador gave me an edge and recognition in the widowhood tribe/community. It opened up my understanding of widows and the challenges we are facing. It has helped me to speak up and speak out and I'm still speaking out for widows, especially coming from a country where widows aren't allowed to express themselves openly. Once you're widowed, families and friends expect you to hide your status and not talk too much about it. In short, they want you to conceal it, especially if you're still young like me so t