Widows hold hands in Chapaguan, Nepal

Life after loss: Widows share their stories of grief and survival

Updated 1451 GMT (2251 HKT) June 23, 2017

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(CNN)The UN calls them the "invisible women."

In many countries, they're forced into marriage to retain their social status. In some cultures, they're stigmatized. And around the world, millions of them live in poverty and endure violence.
They are widowed women. And from the USA to Kenya to Nepal, they often find themselves lacking support, both emotionally and economically.
Too often, their plight goes unnoticed. But despite the challenges, they find unlikely sources of strength.
Today, on International Widows Day, seven widows around the world share their stories of grief, loss and survival.