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Age Demands Action campaigners celebrate International Day of Older Persons

16 Oct 2015

Thousands of older people around the world came together on 1 October to celebrate the 25th International Day of Older Persons.

Age Demands Action (ADA) campaigners raised awareness of the importance of protecting the rights of older people under a UN convention. They took photos of themselves with umbrellas to symbolise the need to protect their rights.

Here ADA steering group member Laila poses with her umbrella in Kyrgyzstan.

ADA Steering Group Member Laila (c) Nurbek Esengeldiev

Our partner Ageing Nepal met with older people throughout Kathmandu to raise awareness of the Global Goals. Here a campaigner sits next to a placard for goal 11.

Older man in Nepal holding his umbrella (c) Ageing Nepal

Older volunteers from the Red Cross in Serbia have been given a camera as a gift by the Dutch ambassador and undertook training for how to use it. They organised a photoshoot beneath multi-coloured umbrellas and took the images themselves. Find out more about what they did in a blog by Natasa Todorovic.

Serbia's older people organised their own photoshoot beneath hanging umbrellas (c) Volunteers of Red Cross Serbia

All over Latin American and Caribbean older people took action with Age Demands Action and have seen much national success.

In Argentina and the municipality of La Plata campaigners saw a step forward in their campaigning. After several years of calling for gerontology assistants in the area, the local government has expanded its register.

Older women from the La Plata municipality in Argentina (c) HelpAge International

Campaign partners across Latin America have called for the ratification of the Inter-American Convention on Protecting the Human Rights of Older Persons, which ministers continued to show their support for after meeting the activists. They explained where the process currently stands and the importance of seeing it through to adoption.

Here campaigners march in Haiti in support of older people's rights. An older person in the image below holds a sign saying "seniors can".

Older campaigners march in Haiti (c) Joseph Jn-Florley/HelpAge International

Older campaigner holds a sign in Haiti saying 'seniors can' (c) Joseph Jn-Florley/HelpAge International title=

In the Czech Republic, older people took part in the annual seniors' run and used the opportunity to take some fantastic umbrella photos.

Older men and women hold umbrellas on their senior run in the Czech Republic (c) Jiri Starha/HelpAge International

Actions also took place across Africa and in Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Here in Bangladesh, older campaigners sat beneath an ADA umbrella in solidarity with hundreds of other campaigners, while second image below sees activists on an elder walk in Sri Lanka.

ADA campaigners in Bangladesh (c) Mofakkarul Islam/HelpAge International

Age Demands Action elder walk in Sri Lanka (c) Chaminda de Silva

The day highlights that older people refuse to age quietly. Older men and women are demanding action be taken to secure their rights for a dignified and happy life. ADA Global and the International Day of Older Persons on 1 October continue to be an opportunity to celebrate old age and the contribution older people make to their communities and families all year round.

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Edward McKinney

I am reading about all of the celebrations during the International Day of Older People and they bring back memories. International Year of Older People in Kenya 1998-99. I have some pictures of the parade in Nairobi from that day and I can just imagine all of the excitement currently taking place in the various countries. But, the greatest thing about '99? it was the year when I expanded my policy curriculum to include gerontology. Ed. McKinney Fulbright Scholar University of Nairobi, Kenya 1998-1999.

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