Lord Raj Loomba,

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women has released a statement for International Widows Day.

Here is an extract and a link to read the full version:

Including widows in the work to “build back better” from COVID-19

Over the past several months, we have seen the myriad ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic impacts the lives of women and men differently. Across every sphere, from health to the economy, security to social protection, the effects of the pandemic are exacerbated for women and girls. At the same time, mortality from the virus tends to be higher for men. UN Women’s data hub, Women Count, presents World Health Organization data that shows men account for 59 per cent of coronavirus deaths in Italy, 68 per cent in Mexico and 77 per cent in Thailand. This represents a devastating human loss, and one that is likely leaving tens of thousands of women newly widowed at just the time when they are cut off from their usual socio-economic and family supports.

Read the full statement on the UN website.