Age Demands Action for Rights
Older women and men have the same rights as everyone else: we are all born equal and this does not change as we grow older. Despite this, older women and men around the world continue to be discriminated against and denied their rights because of their old age.
The UN conventions on human rights that exist don’t cover the specific human rights violations that people experience in old age. A new UN convention on the rights of older people is necessary to change this.
With your help, we can stop age discrimination and push governments for a UN convention to protect the rights of older people. Sign the petition now!
Why we need a convention on the rights of older people
Kenneth, 73, is an older activist and Age Demands Action leader from Jamaica. Here he tells us why we need a UN convention on the rights of older people.
Getting the convention adopted
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ADA for Rights 2013
On 15 June 2013, ADA for Rights campaigners met with key decision-makers - including Presidents, Vice Presidents, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and other high-level politicians - to once again urge their governments to attend the UN Open-ended Working Group on Ageing.
These meetings took place in 30 countries around the world, including Bangladesh, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Mozambique, Nepal, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Slovenia, South Korea, Tanzania, Thailand, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Zambia.
In Thailand, along with a meeting with representatives from the Office of the National Human Rights Commission and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss the Thai government’s participation at the OEWG, there will be public awareness raising events, including interviews on community radio stations, a seminar discussing the rights of older people and public march through Chiang Mai.
In Tanzania, a delegation of older people will meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Home Affairs and the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs to urge them to attend the OEWG for the first time and support the adoption of a UN convention on the rights of older people. The ADA delegation will also lobby for the introduction of domestic legislation that protects older men and women from violence and abuse.
In Bangladesh, The ADA delegation will meet with Dr Dipu Moni, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Dr Mizanur Rahman, the Chairman of the Human Rights Commission. In addition to the meeting, a debate is happening in cooperation with the Dhaka University Debating Society on the need for a UN convention on the rights of older people.
In Pakistan, we are hosting an event which will be attended by government officials from the Ministry of Human Rights, Social Welfare and other departments. The event will focus on the need for a UN convention and will urge the government to attend the OEWG.
Take action now!
Your Government's positive participation in the OEWG meeting in August is critical to keeping this process moving forwards towards a new convention on the rights of older people. We urgently need your support as this is just two months away.
Please sign our Age Demands Action petition calling for a UN convention on the rights of older people. Every single signature contributes towards the global call for a convention and brings us closer to our target of 200,000.