Age Demands Action on Rights
On 15 June 2015, 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?
(c) HelpAge International This is the fourth year of the Age Demands Action on Rights campaign. The focus is to raise awareness of elder abuse and campaign for a convention on the rights of older people.
According to the World Health Organization, elder abuse "constitutes a violation of human rights and includes physical, sexual, psychological, emotional; financial and material abuse; abandonment; neglect; and serious loss of dignity and respect."
Age Demands Action campaigners have collected 278,638 signatures in support of a convention. 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 involves tactical advocacy and lobbying to endorse the need for a convention.
2015 campaigning activities: At a glance
India: HelpAge India are holding a Tweetathon on 15 June 10am-12pm IST. Get involved @HelpAgeIndia_ using #StopElderAbuseToday.
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.
Age Demands Action at the UN
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, our Age Demands Action campaigner, Estha Wamera is attending. We will keep you up to date about her visit to the UN in New York, and what is achieved in the coming months.
How you can take action
Get the facts:
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 the 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.
Support the campaign by tweeting the following:
Our campaigning impact
In 2014, 40 countries took part in the campaign. Older people met with government ministers and decision makers to highlight the discrimination, violence and abuse they face and ask them to support a convention.
Check out our impact timeline to see how campaigning continues to translate into real policy changes.