Violence Against the Elderly: Justice Denied. Part I
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have been adopted by UN Summit. Goal 3 is to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. Here ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development.
On this background, violence against the elderly is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights which deserves attention of the international community. 15 June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, HelpAge International has called for a UN convention on the rights of elderly to protect them and bring the perpetrators to justice. A new convention would set standards prohibiting violence against elderly as it does not exist in international human rights law. According to HelpAge International, a review of 18 research surveys covering 15 countries over the last seven years showed that between 11-83% of elderly were subjected to a variety of types of abuse.
The session will address following issues:
- Violence against the Elderly: Discrimination and denial of rights
- Socio-cultural contexts, dependence and family violence against elderly
- Violence against the Elderly: Intergenerational ambivalence in Parent-child relations
- Violence amongst intimates: Prevalence and Intervention.
- Domestic violence against women and Women's movements
- Prevention of violence against elderly: Programmes and Policies
- Violence against elderly: Sensitization, awareness and assistance.
- Neighborhood social organizations: mechanisms to control violence against elderly.