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As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights approaches 70, it is about time to address ageism

07 December 2017

"All human beings are all born free and equal in dignity and rights" - Article 1, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Seventy years on and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights remains as important as ever. Article 1 is... Keep reading

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"You lose your name. You just become some sick old lady": three moving stories of ageism

06 December 2017

"Look, the old hag is swimming" I always loved swimming. In the sea or in a pool - my dad taught me to swim when I was eight. It relaxes me, makes me feel active. It is a part of... Keep reading

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Why we spoke out about age discrimination at the UN

As an organisation, HelpAge International has talked about the importance of older people's voices being heard, and providing platforms for this to happen. The Open-ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) takes place every year at the United Nations, and.. Keep reading

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Women's rights movements must make way for older women

12 April 2017

The 61st UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in March was vibrant with the sound of female voices from many continents. It showed the strength of the determination to make progress on women claiming their rights, especially... Keep reading

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4 key outcomes from the seventh Open-ended Working Group on Ageing

23 December 2016

What is the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG)? It is the only UN process that is solely dedicated to promoting the human rights of older people. Existing treaties do not adequately protect these rights, and the OEWG is... Keep reading

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