Today, on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, older campaigners around the world are calling on their governments to attend July’s Open-ended Working Group on Ageing.
Age Demands Action campaigners in 47 countries will put a spotlight on the denial of older people’s right to autonomy and independence. Campaigners will use campaigns resources provided by HelpAge, including the Freedom to decide for ourselves report, to lobby their governments and to mobilise older people into action. Many will hold consultations of their own to show that the abuse of these rights is an injustice and needs urgent action by decision-makers.
Campaigners in many countries – including Nepal, Uganda and Mongolia – are holding ‘tripartite’ meetings with their governments. Older people will come together with government officials and national human rights institutions to discuss their experiences of autonomy and independence, and call on their governments to attend the OEWG.
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