FAQ – Strengthening Older Peoples’ Rights Worldwide

The Global Alliance For the Rights of Older People
Description / Summary

We are all born equal and this does not change as we grow older. Even so, under the existing national, regional and international mechanisms, older persons are suffering from inequality and invisibility. As the proportion of older persons in the population increases, greater numbers of people will be affected directly by age discrimination and ageism, thereby increasing pressures on governments and society as a whole to respond to these challenges. Improving the protection of older persons’ rights is the best single response to enable older persons to enjoy their human rights fully, participate and contribute to their communities and collectively tackle the economic and demographic crises. This short publication aims to foster dialogue and civil society engagement around the creation of a new United Nations (UN) convention on the rights of older persons.