Archive for June 16th, 2014

16/06/2014

Elderly Women, Victims of Sexual Violence, Property Grabbing, Torture

Human Wrongs Watch

15 June 2014 – Did you know violence and abuse against elderly women, the worlds fastest growing demographic group, range from sexual violence, property grabbing, financial abuse and increasingly, extreme violence against older women accused of witchcraft? Throughout history, women described as witches have been persecuted, tortured and murdered.*

Women in Kenya. Photo: IRIN

Women in Kenya. Photo: IRIN

According to an upcoming UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) report on aging, citing civil society organizations, that practice continues today.

Witchcraft accusations that are used to justify extreme violence against older women are reported in 41 African and Asian countries, including Burkina Faso, Cameroon, India, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal and Tanzania.

Older widows are often those most at risk. Older women are at particular risk due to widespread discriminatory attitudes and practices, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says in his message on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

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16/06/2014

Elderly Persons, Vulnerable to Physical, Psychological and Financial Abuse… Everywhere

Human Wrongs Watch

15 June 2014 – Warning that elderly people in all societies can be vulnerable to physical, psychological and financial abuse, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today appealed to the international community to adopt measures to address all aspects of this routinely under-acknowledged public health, social and human rights issue.*

Elderly woman refugee. Photo: UNCHR

Elderly woman refugee. Photo: UNCHR

The global population of people aged 60 years and older is expected to more than double, from 542 million in 1995 to about 1.2 billion in 2025.

Ban made this call on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which aims annually to spotlight the global social issues affecting elderly people.

The commemoration also brings the attention of the international community on the safeguarding of older human beings from mistreatment and suffering. In his message on the Day, the UN chief emphasized the particularly high vulnerability of elderly women to widespread discriminatory attitudes and practices.

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