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Helping hand from Cherie

To support the upliftment of disadvantaged widows and their dependents in India, Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and author of the best-seller Speaking for Myself, was in the Capital recently.

india Updated: Oct 29, 2009 18:55 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

To support the upliftment of disadvantaged widows and their dependents in India, Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and author of the best-seller Speaking for Myself, was in the Capital recently.

Blair, who is also the President of the Loomba Trust (that educates 3,000 children of poor widows in India alone) met the beneficiaries of the trust at the Sanskriti School on Tuesday. Speaking at the occasion, she said, ‘‘The issues related to women, children and education are close to my heart and I’m delighted to be associated with the Trust. We as a society have to rectify the injustice faced by women.” She added that widows in India and around the world need to be made self-dependent.

"There’s much discrimination against women in most of the developed countries as well. My mother was abandoned by her husband and I know what one has to undergo to support a family alone,” she said. At the event, children who are beneficiaries of the trust showcased their paintings and were awarded by Blair.