An NGO Promoting welfare of Widows

Our nation, although has witnessed great reforms in human rights still has a long way with respect to its treatment towards women, particularly widows. With every remedy, crops a new issue for widowed and divorced women. Even today, issues such as livelihood, self-respect, social discrimination, second marriage and sexual harassment loom large and remain unaddressed due to lack of support from society at large and even family on a personal level.

Even today, issues such as livelihood, self-respect, social discrimination, second marriage and sexual harassment loom large and remain unaddressed due to lack of support for most widows and divorced women.

Widowhood is not a comfortable state of life in India – it is more a living death! Deprivation and starvation often plague many a widow. Indian society is dominated by religious superstitions and cultural practices wherein a widow is deemed as bad omen and forced to live a lonely and depressed life. Auspicious occasions are called off when a widow is found nearby. Remarriage, literacy and acceptance are very rare for widows. More often than not, a widow’s health is affected due to malnutrition, poverty and lack of medical help. Widowhood is the most neglected issue in India. Seven percent of widows are living alone.

While widows in general face social, economic, emotional and health problems, widows in India experience all of these plus difficulties with the negative social attitudes they face and deprivations which restrict their scope of activities and their lifestyle.

Inspired by illustrious social reformers like Raja Ram Mohan Roy, Keshav Karve and Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, Parihaar has stepped into help widows and divorced women claim their rightful place in the society. It is our aim to reestablish their dignity and self-respect. Through the many services Parihaar provides, we seek to create a holistic approach to widows social transformation and re integration into society. Parihaar urges the nation to accept widowed and divorced women issues with equanimity and join hands with us as volunteers, social transformers, members, servant leaders and dignitaries of our governing body. Parihaar is founded on the principle of bringing succor to widowed and divorced women through social transformation, education and counseling. Through the many services Parihaar provides, we seek to create a holistic approach to widows social transformation and re integration into society. In keeping with the sweeping changes that are observed in other areas of social upliftment it is our earnest endeavour to remove the crippling stigma that has brought the lives of these hapless women into a halt for no fault of their own. We also believe in transparent professional practices and adopt a collaborative approach with organizations and people with similar interests. We wish to extend social support services to senior citizens too keeping in mind issues faced by them.