Archive for October 2nd, 2011


World’s Elderly Face Abuse, Stigmatization and Violence

Human Wrongs Watch

They now total 700 million people. By 2050 they will be about two billion or over 20 per cent of the world’s population. Many of them are still vibrant and essential contributors to the development and stability. Yet, they are largely excluded from the wider global and national development agendas.They are the elderly–our parents and grandparents.

Credit: UN

Credit: UN

Ahead of this year’s International Day of Older Persons on October 1, the UN High Commissioner for Human

Rights Navi Pillay, reported that two-thirds of the world’s older people live in low- and middle-income countries.

She called on Governments “to introduce social pension schemes for older people and to adopt adequate measures in areas such as housing, health, transport, access to water and personal security to ensure that they are not discriminated against or left unprotected.”

For his part, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon said that in sub-Saharan Africa, 20 per cent of rural women aged 60 and older are the sole supporters for their grandchildren. “They take on added and often unexpected responsibilities, typically with little or none of the necessary resources and desperately need social services, especially social pensions.”

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