Selected images from International Widows Day conferences and campaigning activities since it was first established by The Loomba Foundation in 2005.

IWD 2005, Tower Bridge London

Raj Loomba and local schoolchildren release 1,000 coloured balloons near Tower Bridge, London, to mark the first International Widows Day in 2005.

Cherie Blair with Lord Dholakia and Raj Loomba at IWD launch, 2005

Loomba Foundation President Mrs Cherie Blair flanked by Trustee Lord Dholakia and Founder Chairman Trustee Raj Loomba at the launch of International Widows Day, House of Lords, 26 May 2005.

Nick Clegg at IWD event, London

UK Deputy Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Nick Clegg, MP, addresses guests at the International Widows day Banquest in Whitehall, 23 June 2012. Photo: Vipul Rao.