Meet the ADA leaders


ADA leaders are committed to fighting for older people's rights in their countries.

They are spokespeople nominated by their communities to represent the views and demands of these older people at a local, national and international level in the media, at conferences and government meetings.

Click on the images below to know more about them.

FLORENCE FROM GHANA: "AGEING MATTERS"

Florence from Ghana believes ageing matters. (c) HelpAge InternationalFlorence Schandorf is 78 and lives in Accra, Ghana. She is a retired baker and has been a member of Osu Zone since 1991 where, along with other volunteers, she provides support to vulnerable older people in her community.

She has also been trained as a paralegal by HelpAge Ghana and uses her time to educate older people on their rights.

Florence uses her spare time to improve the quality of life of older people and sees Age Demands Action 2012 as “a final push to get the National Ageing Policy (NAP) implemented by the Government”.

She believes the biggest problems faced by older people in Ghana are a lack of recognition by the State, inadequate income and abuse of their rights. She believes that the implementation of the NAP will solve many of these issues.

She says: “Ageing matters - it is both an opportunity and a challenge to society.” She also wants the government to realise that, “we older people deserve what we are asking for - now.”

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HASINA FROM BANGLADESH: SPOKESPERSON FOR OLDER PEOPLE

Hasina from Bangladesh is a spokesperson for older people. (c) HelpAge International

Hasina Chaklader is 60 and an Age Demands Action leader with the Resource Integration Centre, Bangladesh. She is also the joint secretary of the Forum for the Rights of the Elderly, Bangladesh and a member of Ageing Resource Centre, Bangladesh.

Professionally Hasina is the Director of Research for the Bangladesh Women’s Health Coalition where she has worked on the implementation of their Older Women Health Project since 2000 and which she now coordinates.

During her 15 years’ experience in the field of ageing she has also acted as a spokesperson for the issues faced by older people in Bangladesh at several international conferences including the 2002 Ageing conference in Delhi and the 2002 UN conference held in Madrid.

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"Any human right is the right of older people as well."

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"Age discrimination is unacceptable in society."

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NATALIA FROM KYRGYZSTAN: BRINGING GENERATIONS TOGETHER

Natalia from Kyrgyzstan is fighting for older people's rights. (c) HelpAge Intrernational

Natalia Strokova is 78 and from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. She is an active member of the NGO “Jar-Bulak” and works to promote older people’s rights. She is also part of a HelpAge project on health.

Natalia has worked as a teacher for 45 years and currently helps the school where she used to work to organise intergenerational activities, as she believes that more attention should be paid to raising the younger generation.

She believes age discrimination is unacceptable in society and there is an urgent need to protect older people’s rights.

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"Age discrimination is unacceptable in society."

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BERTING FROM THE PHILIPPINES: ACTIVIST FOR EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS

Berting from the Philippines has been an activist from a young age. (c) HelpAge International

Ruperto “Berting” Garlitos is 65 and from the Philippines. An activist from a young age, he is also the former vice-president of the Confederation of Older Persons' Associations of the Philippines.

He lives on his own with no source of income and no access to a social pension. He has been involved in Age Demands Action since 2010 and advocates for scrapping the mandatory retirement age and an end to age discrimination in employment.

Through his leadership of older people's associations, he has been successful in engaging the local government in providing free healthcare for all older people in his area.

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KULUMKAN FROM KYRGYZSTAN: GOVERNMENTS SHOULD STOP AGE DISCRIMINATION

Kulumkan Shabdanbekova is 62 and has six children and ten grandchildren. She is the director of a NGO which improves the lives of vulnerable rural people and has set up a centre to provide legal support for older people.

This year she represented older people who signed the Age Demands Action petition at the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing held in New York.

Kulumkan believes that “governments need to take measures to stop age discrimination. With ADA we can help them to change the lives of older people for the better.”

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MR EHMEED FROM GAZA: OLDER PEOPLE CONTRIBUTE SO MUCH

Mr Ehmeed from Gaza is lobbying his government on older people's issues. (c) HelpAge International

Mr Abdel Fattah Ehmeed is 65-years-old and lives in the Gaza Strip in the occupied Palestinian territories. He is a former manager in the Ministry of Economics, a member of the municipal council of Gaza City and was previously a delegate for the Palestinian Authority.

He is now an active member of the Societal Reform Committee in the Gaza Strip and has a lot of experience in bringing people together.

He thinks it is important to find a place where older people can share their experience with others. He also believes that we should lobby the Government on issues that affect older people, and sees Age Demands Action as important to fight age discrimination and combat the perception that older people are not important.

He says: “Older people contribute so much, it is time for governments to invest in them.”

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ROUENG FROM CAMBODIA: STRENGTH IN NUMBERS

Roueng from Cambodia is the leader of his local older people's association. (c) HelpAge International

Roueng Chheun is 71 and lives in Battambang province, Cambodia with his daughter and five grandchildren.

In addition to his roles as an older people's association leader and Commune Council Member, he continues to work every day as a rice farmer.

He attends the Cambodian Day of Older Persons conference every year. Last year at the conference, he met the Provincial Government of Battambang as part of Age Demands Action to voice the needs of his older people's association.

As Roueng does not have the right identity papers, he does not receive any social support from the government and cannot access free healthcare. He believes that taking action on these issues through Age Demands Action this year will give the strength in numbers necessary to improve the situation for the poorest older people in his community.

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RESHAT FROM ALBANIA: OLDER PEOPLE'S ADVOCATE

Reshat from Albania is a specialist in geriatry. (c) HelpAge International

Dr Reshat Koci is 71-years-old and from Albania.

He is a specialist of pneumology and geriatry and is the director of the University Hospital of Tirana and a lecturer of geriatry and gerontology there.

He is also the leader of a network for older people and takes part in a range of governmental and non-governmental working groups to shape policy and advocate for older people's issues.

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Funded by BMZ.

Produced with the financial assistance of German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. The contents of this document are the sole responsibility of HelpAge International and do not necessarily reflect the views of BMZ.

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