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There are an estimated 258.5 million widows worldwide with a total of 584.6 million children between them. There was nearly a ten percent increase in widows from 2010 to 2015, and one in every seven widows worldwide are in severe poverty.1 In Afghanistan and Ukraine, one in every five women is widowed.2 However, India is the nation with the highest population of widows.3 Many widows in developing nations experience isolation, discrimination, abuse and persecution from their community and family members, particularly in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea, North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.4 According to the World Bank, many nations — 90 percent of 176 — have laws in place that limit a woman’s ability to own land, participate in a trade or otherwise achieve economic freedom.5 Show References
1 https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-widows-factbox-idUSKBN19E04P 2 https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2015/12/which-country-has-the-largest-number-of-widows/ 3 Ibid 4 https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-widows-factbox-idUSKBN19E04P 5 http://africa.unwomen.org/en/news-and-events/stories/2017/06/international-widows-day
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