In many societies, women have long been conditioned to fulfill traditional roles as wives, mothers, and daughters, often tied to the identities of their male counterparts. However, when these male figures pass away, widows find themselves in vulnerable positions, left to navigate a complex and challenging life transition.
In Mexico alone, there are approximately 3.7 million widows, with nearly 77% of them being heads of households. On International Widows Day, university students from the National School of Social Work (ENTS) and the Faculty of Law (FD) at the UNAM reflect on the issues faced by widows. They advocate for change to ensure their basic rights and dignity.