A UN Convention on the rights of older people is crucial if we want to ensure that as we grow older, our rights and well-being are protected and respected.
As societies continue to age, we must address the unique challenges faced by older people.
Why do we need a UN Convention on the rights of older people?
A UN Convention on the rights of older people would:
- Provide a comprehensive framework to promote and safeguard their rights, covering areas such as healthcare, social protection, employment, and participation in decision-making processes
- Serve as a powerful tool in combating ageism, discrimination, and neglect, while fostering an inclusive and age-friendly society for all
- Address the pressing issue of elder abuse and neglect, which remains a global concern
- Establish clear guidelines and mechanisms for preventing, detecting, and addressing instances of abuse, whether physical, emotional, or financial
- Promote the importance of dignity, autonomy, and independence for older people, while ensuring that they have access to justice and support systems.
- Contribute to a shift in societal attitudes and practices by raising awareness and setting standards for the treatment of older people, ultimately fostering a culture of respect and care for our older population.
Elisha, from the Good Samaritan Social Service Trust in Tanzania.
It was an honour to speak at the UN this week and share my perspective as an older person myself and the experiences of older people in my community in Tanzania. I was surprised by how much people appreciated my perspective.