Age Demands Action for Rights
(c) HelpAge International On the 15 June the Age Demands Action movement came together to lead the fight for older people's rights.
And once again we called for a UN convention on the rights of older people.
This year 40 countries took part in the Age Demands Action for Rights campaign, which is held on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Older people met their governments and decision makers to highlight the discrimination, violence and abuse older people face and to ask them to support a convention.
Bangladesh: Nearly 40,000 signatures were collected in just over a week! These signatures were collected by older campaigners and older people's organisations.
Slovenia: In Slovenia our partner ZDUS met the Minister of Foreign Affairs who signed the ADA petition in support of a convention. Mr Karl Erjavec gave a statement saying that ‘Ageing must be recognised as a global challenge and not as an issue faced only by individual countries alone'.
Kenya: For the first time, The Ministry of Labour, took the lead on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and launched the day as a national day. This was done in collaboration with HelpAge Kenya.
oPt: Received substantial media coverage and handed a letter to the UN Coordinator of Gaza to be passed onto Ban Ki-Moon. This letter emphasises the need for a convention for older people.
Jamaica: Campaigners met the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and received impressive media coverage on national television with ADA Leader, Kenneth Hemley being interviewed.
Bolivia: In Santa Cruz, developing countries participated in the G77 + China Summit. Older people asked the Summit to support older people in their call for a convention. Campaigners spoke to the media and got some good coverage.
Next stop, New York
Our global team of campaigners also lobbied their governments to attend the UN Open-ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA) where topics such as a convention will be raised.
To have government representatives support a convention at global discussions is fundamental to bring about change for older people.
The fifth OEWGA meeting will be held from 30 July to 1 August this year and we all have an important role to play!
Sign our petition for a convention!
Over 250,000 people have already signed our petition calling for a UN convention on older people's rights.
The petition will be handed over at the OEWGA meeting in New York to ensure governments and the international community are listening to older people.