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The Global Alliance

Established in 2011, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People

was born out of the need to strengthen the rights and voice of older people globally.

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‘Nobody likes to live a life depending on others. People should have freedom to live their life according to their wishes’, voiced a 68-year-old woman from Nepal.

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Established in 2011, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People was born out of the need to strengthen the rights and voice of older people globally.

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Why do we need a convention for older people?

Age discrimination and ageism are tolerated across the world, and older people experience discrimination and the violation of their rights at family, community and institutional levels.

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Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People

Established in 2011, the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People was born out of the need to strengthen the rights and voice of older people globally. Today, GAROP is a network of over 330 members worldwide, united in our work to strengthen and promote the rights of older persons. GAROP is governed by a global Steering Group elected by our members and its work is supported by a Secretariat Coordinator.

WHO WE ARE

The mission of the Global Alliance is to support and enhance civil society’s engagement at national, regional and international levels on the need for a new international instrument on the rights of older persons

The Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People seeks a world in which older persons live free from discrimination and are able to fully enjoy their rights.

Our core values are partnership with, inclusion of, and the promotion of participation by older people in decisions that affect their lives. We respect the rights of all persons regardless of age, race, color, disability, gender, language, religion, sexual orientation, political views, national or social origin, class and birth or property status.

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  • Virtual conversation: The human rights of older persons in the age of COVID-19 and beyond
    14:00 -15:00
    2020.05.12

    Save the date

    This virtual conversation on the human rights of older persons in the age of COVID-19 and beyond will take place on Tuesday 12 May 2:00- 3:00 pm Geneva time/ 08:00-09:00 am New York time. 

    Join us in welcoming Ms Claudia Mahler, the new Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons and engage in this timely debate with her and the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Michelle Bachelet.

    Older persons are at high risk of severe illness and death following infection from COVID-19. Many countries adopted a variety of measures to curtail these grim outlooks. While these measures were well intended and aimed at a greater protection, care and support for older persons, they have in many ways negatively impacted their rights and freedoms. Have some COVID-19 measures impacted older persons to a larger degree than other groups? Have the views of older persons themselves been taken into account? Have they highlighted the already existing ageism and age-based discrimination?

    The UN Secretary General policy brief on the impact of COVID 19 on older persons clearly calls to strengthen the legal frameworks to promote and protect the human rights and dignity of older persons.

    In this virtual meeting we shall analyze the current situation and will look forward. How can we advance the conversation around the rights of older persons during these challenging times and how we can move from debate to action?

    The event to be moderated by Ms Silvia Perel-Levin, Chair of the NGO Committee on Ageing in Geneva

    Panelists:

    •   High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet
    •   Ms Claudia Mahler, Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons
    •   Representatives of Member States in the Groups of Friends of the rights of older persons in New York and Geneva

    There will be time for questions and comments from the “floor”. You can submit questions in advance

    Click here to register.

    Click here to download the flyer.

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  • Protecting the rights of older persons during the COVID-19 pandemic
    15:00 -16:00
    2020.05.27

    Older persons are amongst the most affected groups by COVID-19. Not only do they face a higher threat to their rights to life and health, but also prevention and response-related decisions can deepen their social isolation. Unless their voices and views are taken into account, their ability to exercise their autonomy and rights might be compromised.  The social perception that COVID-19 is a disease that impacts older persons exacerbates negative stereotypes about older persons who may be viewed as weak, unimportant and a burden on society. Such age-based discrimination may manifest in the provision of services because the treatment of older persons may be perceived as less important than the treatment of younger generations. Stigma and discrimination can be further aggravated in a context where older persons have been frequently overlooked in development and humanitarian strategies, and in their funding. Considering the higher risks confronted by older persons in the COVID-19 pandemic, development and humanitarian strategies must explicitly identify and consider their needs, challenges and strengths at all levels and in all settings. 

    This webinar will take place on Wednesday 27th May at 15:00 Central European Time (CET).

    For more information and to register, click here.

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