The killings of women, whether in the family, the community, or perpetrated by the state, are reaching alarming proportions, according Rashida Manjoo, the UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women.
June 23 is annually observed as International Widows' Day. Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, is president of the Loomba Foundation, a staunch supporter of the rights of widowed women.
Rio+20 wrapped up on Friday Representatives from the UN member states arrived in Brazil nearly two weeks ago with a simple charge from Sha Zukang, the Secretary-General of the Rio+20 conference. He told them “Come to Rio, ready to commit.”