Each year on 15 June, the world marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). This year the theme is on improving the understanding of financial exploitation and material abuse and how to strengthen protection from these forms of exploitation. The eighth Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) session will take place from 5-7th July. [...]
HelpAge International has just released a new report 'Entitled to the same rights - what older women say about their rights to non-discrimination and equality, and to freedom from violence, abuse and neglect.' The report is based on a consultation with around 250 older women in 19 countries and focuses on the rights that [...]
'The Saldarriaga Concha Foundation in Colombia has recently produced a new report entitled “Colombia's present and future older age: achievements and challenges in the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights." Colombia will be reviewed by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in September and this report [...]
The eighth session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) will take place from 5th-7th July 2017 in the United Nations Headquarters in New York. In this eighth session, UN Member States will engage in substantive discussions about two areas of human rights where the protection of older people’s rights requires greater attention: [...]
The 33rd session of the Human Rights Council in September 2016 included a strong focus on the rights of older persons. These discussions were an important stepping-stone for strengthening the awareness and understanding of Member States of the need for better protection of the rights of older persons.
The recent sixth meeting of the United Nations Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on the Rights of Older Persons focused on the need for a binding legal instrument, an international convention, similar to the conventions that protect the rights of women, children, and people with disabilities. Interestingly, the European Union, the United States, Canada, Australia [...]
As the dust settles on the 6th Session of the UN Open-ended working group much can be said about the increasing number and voice of civil society urging action toward a Convention on the Rights of Older People. There is indeed progress, but as is human nature, never ever fast enough. I have great pleasure [...]