Participating in the puppetry training, one woman encouraged other widows: “Be strong!”
Sita, who at 30 is one of the group’s younger widows, recalled that after her husband died in an accident, her in-laws treated her badly. “When I decided to start work at the local school they called me a prostitute. They said that I was having an affair because I continued to wear a bindi,” she said. While participating in the puppetry training, she encouraged other women in similar situations: “Be strong!”
Through its "Empowerment of Widows and their Coalitions" programme, UN Women India supports 1,500 widows in India, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Recently, with the help of the Loomba Foundation and the Swiss National Committee, special focus was given to empowering 500 widows in the town of Vrindavan and the Udaipur district.
Photo credit: UN Women/Gaganjit Singh