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In a message to the Anglican Church Women Diocesan Board, Rilla Sommerville of Empowering Widows, a life-long Anglican, asks  for our prayers for widows worldwide, but especially those in countries where their plight is beyond tragic. There are over 38 million widows worldwide, many with dependent children, living in extreme poverty, often subject to dehumanizing and cruel traditions.

Empowering Widows encourages all of us to learn more about these marginalized, excluded, even invisible in plain sight, women:

On June 23, the world acknowledges the existence of destitute widows on International Widows Day. Please uphold them in prayer.