Age Demands Action on Rights
In 15 June 2014, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Age Demands Action movement will once again come together to lead the fight for older people's rights and raise awareness of elder abuse.
Why Age Demands Action on Rights?
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This is the fourth year of the campaign, held on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The Age Demands Action on Rights campaign focus is on raising awareness of elder abuse, as well as campaigning for a convention on the rights of older people.
Age Demands Action campaigners have collected 278, 638 signatures in support of a convention, and last year Kenneth Hemley, an older activist from Jamaica, handed the petition over to the Open-ended working group on ageing at the UN in New York.
Our key action this year now involves tactical advocacy and lobbying work to endorse the need for a convention.
2015 campaigning activities: At a glance
Bangladesh: Traditional street theatre will be used to raise awareness around elder abuse issues.
Russia: Two of our campaign partners are organising events and over 1,000 older people will take part. A flash mob of over 200 older people will also take place.
Serbia: Our partner in Serbia will hold their annual "Third Age Fair" which will be attended by 15,000 people. There will be discussions on the importance of putting older people's rights on the human rights agenda.
Sierra Leone: 2,000 older people will campaign for a national policy to protect the rights of older people.
How you can take action
Get the facts:
Older people often face discrimination because of their age. Read the GAROP In Our Own Words report in which older people talk about the ageism, discrimination and denial of human rights that they are subjected to in their everyday life.
The WHO Global status report on violence prevention 2014, is the first report of its kind to assess national efforts to address interpersonal violence. It reviews reviews the current status of violence prevention efforts in countries, and calls for a scaling up of violence prevention programmes; stronger legislation and enforcement of laws relevant for violence prevention; and enhanced services for victims of violence.
HelpAge wants people to understand that the discrimination happening to older people across the world is unacceptable. Stay tuned for more ways to get involved on 15 June.
Our campaigning impact
In 2014, 40 countries took part in the Age Demands Action on Rights campaign. Older people met with government ministers and decision makers to highlight the discrimination, violence and abuse older people face and to ask them to support a convention.
You can check out our Age Demands Action Impact Timeline to see how campaigning continues to translate into real policy changes.
Another visit to New York
Every year at the UN Open-ended Working Group on Ageing, we aim to take an Age Demands Action campaigner to share why they think there should be a convention to protect their rights. This year, four older campaigners will be attending the meeting. We will keep you up to date about the visit to the UN in New York, and what is achieved in the coming months.