We all want to live in a society where we treat each other with fairness and respect, and where we can make decisions about our lives, no matter our age.
Human rights make sure this vision is embedded in the systems within our societies and in our behaviour.
As we get older we face prejudice and discrimination because of our age. This leaves us excluded, considered different and restricted in what we can do.
It means we are often at risk of violence, denied access to services and face disproportionate levels of poverty.
Lack of protection
Existing international human rights systems and national laws fail to address this discrimination and protect our rights in older age.
In a survey of 133 countries, only 41 have laws to prevent violence and abuse of older people that are fully enforced. In low-income countries, more than 80% of people over retirement age do not receive a pension.
These are just a couple of examples of the existing gaps in legislation and lack of protection of our rights when we’re older.