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. This year’s WEAAD activities are particularly timely as the theme of neglect, violence and abuse will be one of two focus areas that will be discussed in the session, including possible content for a UN convention on the rights of older people.

The UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons published a statement earlier this week urging public action to stop elder abuse by family members.

Members of our Global Alliance are delivering activities in many different countries this week to mark WEAAD and build the momentum and dialogue around this topic ahead of the OEWG. Here are some examples:

  • In Cameroon, ACAMAGE have conducted a training workshop for caregivers on the prevention and eradication of elder abuse and another with a particular focus on financial exploitation. ACAMAGE conducted a consultation with older people on equality and non-discrimination, neglect, violence and abuse involving older women in particular. An Intergenerational Action Committee has been put in place to conduct elder abuse awareness campaigning all year round.
  • In Nepal, a delegation of older people presented a petition to various government ministries demanding that the government participates in the eighth session of the OEWG. Ageing Nepal organised a tripartite meeting between two government ministries, the national human rights institution and older people, which focused on the two areas of human rights to be discussed in the next OEWG session.
  • In Nigeria this week the Dave Omokaro Foundation met with the National Human Rights Commission to discuss the OEWG and the rights of older people in Nigeria. The Foundation has also organised a dialogue with young people to support intergenerational synergies and a dialogue with the media to challenge ageist stereotypes about older people and elder abuse. The Foundation also delivered a keynote speech at a conference on combatting ageism and ending elder abuse to help launch the ‘Stop Elder Abuse Awareness’ campaign.
  • The Red Cross of Serbia, which is also a member of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), is organising and speaking at a conference on 15th June in cooperation with the Office of Commissioner for Protection of Equality. The theme of the event will be “Elder abuse – what should we do, how can we prevent it?” The aim is to build a dialogue among relevant stakeholders at all levels and build a common understanding that will lead to solutions on how to prevent elder abuse.
  • In Geneva, Switzerland, the Geneva NGO Committee on Ageing is organising an event on 15 June on the theme ‘Violence against older persons, a human rights issue’. You can read more about the Geneva event here. You can watch the webcast following the event here.

For more information visit: http://www.un.org/en/events/elderabuse/

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