We want every older person, everywhere, to be able to say: “My voice is heard”.
Older people are often not heard and denied their rights, wishes and needs because of ageism and inequality. Therefore supporting them to have their voices heard is about challenging deep-rooted power imbalances and empowering them.
Having a voice is about the ability to claim our rights, to make choices and to participate meaningfully in decision-making in all parts of life, including the personal, family, social and political.
The HelpAge Global Network supports and amplifies older people’s voices in many different ways, for example, by developing Older People’s Associations (OPA’s) around the world, by training older people about their rights and supporting older activists to have their voices heard by decision-makers at different levels.