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On International Widows Day, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu calls for a societal change of mindset


New Delhi: Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday called for a change in mindset towards widows and asked, “If a man can remarry, why can’t a woman?”

“Two things are important including societal change of mindset and adopting this social cause as a mission for uplifting the condition of widows,” Naidu said at an event here on Saturday.

He also asked the government to focus on providing livelihood skills to widows and facilitate the education of their children to empower them and end the “life-shattering emptiness and void” faced by millions of such women.

The event, which was organised by the Loomba Foundation at Vigyan Bhawan, was also graced by Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad. “The 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 much,” Prasad said.

Loomba Foundation president Cherie Blair said that justice for widows is yet not achieved and appealed the society to stand with them.

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