25th June, 2018 – Reception at House of Lords to mark International Widows Day in London, UK

Following the event in India, The Loomba Foundation held on Monday, 25th June, a Reception in the River Room at the House of Lords, to mark International Widows Day in London, with the courtesy of the Lord Speaker. It was attended by over 60 high profile guests including Rt Hon Lord Bates, Minister of International Development and many other dignitaries.

Guests listened in awe as President of The Loomba Foundation, Mrs Cherie Blair CBE QC, described the tenacity and determination with which Lord Loomba, over a relatively short period of five years, stoically persuaded the UN to grant official status to the day. "The treatment of widows," Mrs. Blair said, "is at the core of gender discrimination;" adding, that it is a worldwide problem, even widows in this country face isolation, and often do not have the same pension as men. Noting that all this hard work is starting to pay off,

Increasing the demand for action Lord Loomba called on the British Government to examine and monitor the treatment of women and children in countries where the "local customs and traditions" meant widows and their families were facing hardship and destitution.

23rd June, 2018 – International Widows Day event at the Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi

The Loomba Foundation held an event at the Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi on Saturday, 23rd June, 2018, to mark the UN recognized International Widows Day. The event was attended by the Hon’ble Vice President of India, as Chief Guest, and the Hon’ble Union Minister of Law and Justice, as Guest of Honour. Mrs. Cherie Blair CBE QC, President of The Loomba Foundation travelled from London to Delhi to attend this important annual event, together with the Founder and Chairman Trustee of The Loomba Foundation, The Lord Raj Loomba CBE and his wife Lady Veena Loomba and their son, Hon’ble Rinku Loomba. His Excellency Sir Dominic Asquith, British High Commissioner to India, also graced the event with his presence.

Over 800 guests attended the event, including Dr. Udit Raj, MP (Lok Sabha), Foundation’s Trustees, Shri Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, MP (Rajya Sabha) and Mr. Balbir Singh Kakar; Patrons Sir Mark Tully OBE, Chris Parsons, Mr. Graham Tobbell, Mrs. Susan Tobbell, Mr. Sanjeev Khanna and Dr. Rajinder Chadha; Shri Kalyan Banerjee and Shri Shekhar Mehta from the Rotary India Literacy Mission; and many beneficiaries widows. The event was organised by Mr. Rajat Kapoor of Indian Diaspora Club with the help of the Foundation’s home team – Atul Palta, Pawan Kumar and Hemant Kumar.

Hon’ble Vice President, M Venkaiah Naidu, said that it is a matter of concern that widows are looked down upon and at times meted out unjust treatment even in the present digital area. He emphasized that there is a need for a change of the mindset and added that why can’t a woman remarry after losing her husband if a man can remarry.

Speaking at the event, Union Law Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad echoed same sentiments. Prasad said that steps taken for the empowerment of widows will not be successful unless it is taken as a mass movement. Without a change in attitude we cannot change it.

Lord Loomba CBE said that there are 46 million widows in India, the largest number in any country in the world. I urge the Indian Government to set up a National Commission for widows, appoint a special division at the local Panchayats and include widows in the minority section to provide them employment opportunities. The Law Minister pledged to support these initiatives.

On this occasion, first copy of the International Widows Day 2018 Souvenir Book was presented by Mrs. Cherie Blair CBE QC to Hon’ble Vice Present of India. Mementos and Certificates were presented to the supporters of The Loomba Foundation by the Hon’ble Union Minister of Law and Justice.

15th February 2018:

This was the last slot of sewing machine distribution to complete the project of providing skills training to 5000 widows, launched by PM Narendra Modi in 2016. 1250 sewing machines were distributed to widows who completed the training at the event on 15th Feb.

8th December 2017:

The Founder and Chairman Trustee, The Loomba CBE and the Trustees of The Loomba Foundation in association with The Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan London will be hosting a dinner to celebrate the India-UK Year of Culture 2017. The Chief guest will be His Excellency Mr Y K Sinha, High Commissioner for India and the Guest of Honour Mr Joginder Sanger, Chairman of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
At the Cholmondeley Room and Terrace, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW
Friday, 8th December 2017,
Champagne Reception 7:00pm, Dinner at 8:00pm

27th and 29th November 2017:

The Loomba Foundation is organising fund-raising charity dinners at Gurugram and Mumbai on 27th and 29th November 2017 respectively to raise funds for the Rotary India Literacy Mission Project. We appeal to Corporate organisations, PSUs and individuals to extend their support towards providing skills training to 30,000 widows and education scholarships to 2000 children in all 30 states in India.

22nd November 2017:

The Founder and Chairman Trustee, LORD Loomba CBE and the Trustees of The Loomba Foundation will be sponsoring a lunch for Bernados, a charity caring for vulnerable children and young adults. At the Atlee Room, in the House of Lords for lunch.

18-19th September 2017:

Lord Loomba will be gracing the occasion of The India CSR Summit 2017, with his presence, organised by the NGOBox, a venture of Renalysis Consultants Pvt. Ltd., at Hyatt Regency, Gurugram on 18-19th September 2017.
For more information, you can visit on website www.indiacsrsummit.in

June 23, 2017:

Annual Charity Gala Dinner at the House of Lords to mark International Widows Day.

October 13, 2016:

Annual Charity Gala Dinner celebrating Diwali, 147th birthday of Mahatma Gandhi and International Day of Non-Violence. The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, London, W1K 1Qa