We live in a deeply ageist world where we are marginalised, excluded, discriminated against and denied our rights because of our older age.
(c) Jeff Williams/HelpAge International
This discrimination can be complex, based on more than one factor such as age and gender, race or disability.
Existing human rights treaties and conventions do not adequately address this discrimination or protect our rights in older age.
What we want
We are working to convince policy makers to protect and promote human rights and eliminate discrimination in every aspect of our lives in older age through:
- National legislation and policies that prohibit age discrimination and protect human rights in older age.
- Better state reporting on rights in older age under existing human rights treaties and mechanisms.
- Human rights mechanisms dedicated to the rights of older people including a new international human rights convention that prohibits discrimination and protects and promotes human rights in older age.
- Appointment of a new Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons in May 2014.
- Our Affiliates and partners aside their concerns about rights in older age with the Independent Expert on her country visits to Slovenia and Mauritius.
- Our submissions of evidence, presentations and facilitation of older people's participation in the UN Open-ended Working Group on Ageing has helped convince Member States that there are significant gaps in the protection of older people's rights.
- The UN Special Rapporteurs on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, on the right to health and on human rights and extreme poverty have included our recommendations on older people's rights in their reports to the Human Rights Council.
- Submissions of our evidence to the committees that monitor human rights treaties on women's rights and economic, social and cultural rights and to the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review have resulted in recommendations to governments on what they can do to better protect older women and men's rights in Cambodia, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Mozambique, Tanzania, Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Uganda and Moldova.
- The Committee on the Elimination of the Discrimination Against Women took into account the experiences of the older women we work with in their General recommendation No. 27 on states' obligations towards the rights of older women.