Age Demands Action for Rights

Older campaigners in Haiti demand their rights. Older campaigners in Haiti demand their 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.

Campaigning achievements

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.

If you support older people's rights and a UN convention to protect them, please sign our petition! You can also share the petition on social media and ask your friends and family to sign too!

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  • Carmen P. Vicente (31st July 2014)

    Since Older Persons/People is one of our primary partners, our full support goes for the protection of their rights. Mabuhay!

  • VANN Vichheka (30th July 2014)

    Older People must receive the same rights as others so UN convention on the rights of older people must exist.

  • Rev. Peter Okyere (26th July 2014)

    Since God created all men equally,irrespective of color, race or sex, it is very important for the rights of older people to be respected in every country.

  • John Ballantyne (24th July 2014)

    The rights of older people need to be peotected at all times

  • yvonne nawila (13th June 2014)

    older people must be given their rights, we must remember that we shall all get old and will need these rights. its a fight for me, for you for us.

  • naw naw junior (11th June 2014)

    OPSHG's is so powerful in my home town

  • JANKI BALLABH JHA (15th September 2013)

    Older people re the most vulnerable part of society.It is high time that United Nations forms specific enforceable rights of the elderly

  • Joseph Vijay Panicker (29th July 2013)

    Give them their rightful place

  • Waqas Ashfaq Qureshi (18th June 2013)

    Dear Ms. Fatimah Khalfan!

    Thanks for your comprehensive and informative comments. There is no doubt that older people in Pakistan facing a number of issues, keeping in view advocating to Government of Pakistan for legislation on the rights of older people.

    I am glad to know that you and your organization is willing to participate in ADA campaign. Please contact me at; waqas.qureshi@helpagesa.org

  • Joseph Vijay Panicker (17th June 2013)

    True Old people all over the world,need help from their Govts

  • Fatima Khalfan (13th June 2013)

    As a founder of VCARE in Pakistan, I can see that many older people who come to us at adult day care are totally depended on organizations or on their families. After living a life of hard work to earn money for the families and paid taxes to the government; and when they age, forcefully they have to become dependable on their children because no adequate facilities are available for an older civilian of this country. Older people, who are entitled for the pension, get only Rs. 4000/- per month which is not even suffice to buy nutritionist food for themselves. Even older people do not know about their rights. When I meet older people in communities, I realize how helpless they are in their health issues, housing needs. This is what instigated in me a desire to raise more awareness on what rights older people are entitled to.



    In Pakistan older people fear a long life since they are uncertain of who will take care of them after retirement and where will they go for any assistance; therefore, most of them pray for an early death because they don’t want to get depended on anyone. This we found worrisome that for how long will the older people of this country face social, mental, physical, financial issues in Pakistan. This is unfortunate of Pakistan that there are no policies available at the regional and national level and older people day is unheard of in Pakistan.



    VCARE celebrated older people day last year with full zeal and enthusiasm and more than 800 older people participated in the day in which we endorsed the policy frame work of the WHO on active and healthy ageing for Pakistan and this year on older people day we want to realize the voice for the older people of Pakistan in collaboration with the local stakeholders and would like Helpage Pakistan to collaborate with us in this event .



    We want to start our Age Demands Action on Health campaign from this year in Pakistan by writing articles in newspapers, promoting healthy ageing through media and during the awareness sessions on the community levels forward the theme of this year’s older people day Ageing demand action in Pakistan. I am hopeful that good results will soon be seen. To make the campaign a success, we will collaborate with the other service providers and stakeholders to support the event.

  • Sarah (HelpAge) (10th June 2013)

    Dear Mr Bajo, thank you for your message. The campaign is open to everyone so if you want to organise an event or promote the petition - please do! If you need any information or help, do not hesitate to email us at campaigns@helpage.org

  • Mr Ousman Bajo (10th June 2013)

    Hallo why their is no invitation for my country The Gambia. My organization always take part in all the issues about Aging, in my country. I will deem it absolutely necessary if my request is granted. Thanks.

  • Siddha Raj Upadhayay(Raj) (2nd June 2013)

    we want to join with you. We can help communication and awareness all over...

  • Halima Elkandu (1st June 2013)

    Almost all young people see older people as useless or at least under estimate them. They never respect the experiences accumulated during this long life. I do not know why they reflect their astonishments when they discover that this odd person is an expert or a knowledgeable person. It should be the first assumption & the unexpected one is to be ignorant & useless. Yes, young people have to be proud about themselves but never under estimate those who gave them this life & all those things they feel proud about. You need them while you were so small & helpless, & they need you while they are old & helpless. Remember, one day you will stand on their shoes. Be fair & respect all human being especially people with special needs.Almost all young people see older people as useless or at least under estimate them. They never respect the experiences accumulated during this long life. I do not know why they reflect their astonishments when they discover that this odd person is an expert or a knowledgeable person. It should be the first assumption & the unexpected one is to be ignorant & useless. Yes, young people have to be proud about themselves but never under estimate those who gave them this life & all those things they feel proud about. You need them while you were so small & helpless, & they need you while they are old & helpless. Remember, one day you will stand on their shoes. Be fair & respect all human being especially people with special needs.

  • Sarah (HelpAge) (31st May 2013)

    Cher Banywesize.
    Merci pour votre message. Nous voulons vous tenir au courant du processus OEWG et, si vous voulez, aussi accueillir votre contribution à une lettre qui sera signée par des ONG qui soutiennent le OEWG. Veuillez nous envoyer vos coordonnées et nous prendrons contact avec vous.

  • Barbara Campaigns Coordinator (31st May 2013)

    Dear All,
    Thank you for your comments. We are reaching a very critical time where older people rights and the UN convention is being discussed in New York. I would like to hear from you how we can get more voices be heard supporting the UN convention at OEWG? Any thoughts on this?

  • Barbara (31st May 2013)

    Dear Zacheus, thank you for your comment. I am very pleased to hear that you are interested in older people rights. The good news is that we do advocacy organisation in Zimbabwe and I am happy to share with you the details. Simply email me on: campaigns@helpage.org

  • BANYWESIZE BAHIZIRE WILBRORD (31st May 2013)

    La DRC compte beaucoup de personnse agées dont certaines vivent dans les home et les autres abandonnées à leur triste sort,je ne vois pas notre place,si à titre d'observateur vous pouvez nous inviter aussi,merci.

  • Zacheus (31st May 2013)

    There is growing disregard of older person rights in our communities in Zimbabwe yet there is no visible action group for older persons. HelAge, where are you!!!!!!!!!!?????????

  • Sailesh Mishra (31st May 2013)

    At Silver Inning Foundation we demand UN convention on the rights of older people.

  • James Mbungyuh Tseyah (30th May 2013)

    We should all stop age discrimination and stand up for equal rights, because we are all equal.

  • Thepiru-Uyukutu Albert (30th May 2013)

    It is good to take action on this activity about the elderly.

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