Age with Rights! – Video Campaign

The Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP) is calling on all who wish to support the Age With Rights campaign to create short 2-minute video statements as part of our celebration of the UN International Day of Older Persons on 1st October 2021.

The statements should focus on an aspect of older people’s human rights that is important to you and a call on your government to start drafting a UN convention without delay. This video campaign is important because it is vital that the voices of those advocating for rights in older age are heard – especially those of older persons.

We will compile and disseminate a range of video clips and statements from across our diverse global network as widely as possible around the UN International Day of Older Persons on 1st October, in support of our advocacy work for a UN convention. Please aim to send us your videos as soon as possible.

What should your video contain?

Prepare some simple key messages, a short statement, or tell a story about your everyday experiences of your human rights. Record a video of a statement no longer than 2 minutes being read aloud.

Follow these guiding questions to help you prepare your message:

  1. Start with your name, organisation (if applicable), and country. Remember that a message presented by an older person with direct experience is particularly powerful.
  2. Choose an issue to focus on that is important to you and/or is currently getting attention in your country. It may be helpful to consider or link to one of the following areas of older people’s rights being considered in the UN discussions on older people’s rights this year:
    a. Economic security
    b. Contributions of older persons to development
    c. Access to justice
    d. Right to work and access to the labour market
  3. Once you have chosen the topic or area of human rights that you will focus on, try to address some or all of the following questions:
    a. What is your (or older people’s) everyday experience of claiming this right? [For example, do you struggle to access services, or information that you need? Have government decisions or actions had a negative impact on your day-to-day life in some way?]
    b. Are you or others treated differently or disadvantaged because of your age, or have you experienced ageism and/or other forms of prejudice or discrimination?
    c. How would you like things to be better or fairer?
    d. How would a UN convention help to achieve this? [For example, by providing guidance for governments and others to make the right decisions; prompting new or improved services that meet a recognised standard and protect older people’s dignity; help to ensure that we all have access to essential services and are free to make our own decisions about our lives as we get older; ensure age discrimination is prohibited in the law, and attitudes and behaviours towards older people are more respectful].
  4. Call on your government and politicians to support the drafting of a new UN convention on older people’s rights without delay.
  5. Find ways to incorporate the ‘Age With Rights’ rally cry somewhere into your video wherever it fits best!

Resources to help you prepare your messages and statements

Creating Your Video

Please make sure that you stay safe and comply with your area’s COVID-19 guidelines while recording your video.

Any person appearing in your video should be supplied with a copy of the GAROP Privacy Notice (English Here, Spanish Here, French Here) and must complete a Media Subject Consent Form (download in English Here, Spanish Here, French Here).

Most importantly, be creative with your video! Explore ways to incorporate the slogan ‘Age with Rights!’ and other campaign assets, such as the red-orange colour, orange clothing or a virtual background to make noise (click here to read more). We want to showcase the vibrant, diverse membership base of GAROP – Perhaps record your video somewhere that showcases what makes your organisation/nation special?

Following are tips on how to create a video using either a phone or zoom.


Using a Phone

Landscape videos are the best quality to share on video platforms. To capture the video:

  1. Open the camera on your phone.
  2. Select the video function and record in landscape
  3. Shoot the video from a medium close-up (see photo below, capturing from just below the subject’s shoulders) to ensure the video is clear and the audio is good quality.

  1. If you have a microphone, please use it to make sure the audio is clear.
  2. If you don’t have a microphone, make sure you’re recording somewhere with no (or very low) background noise. Try not to record near busy roads, crowds, or places with lots of wind.

Using Zoom

You can also utilise Zoom to record your statement. Try to emulate the staging detailed in the phone instructions above (landscape, medium-close up, quiet location, use a microphone if you can). To record using Zoom:

  1. Open the Zoom app
  2. In Zoom settings, update your display name to include your country. You can also click here for instructions on creating an Age with Rights Virtual Background.
  3. Click “New Meeting”, ensure your video and audio are turned on by looking at the camera and microphone icons in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  4. Click the “Record” button on the bottom task bar to record your video.

Sending Your Video

When sending your video, you should include:

  • Your video file (preferably .mp4, .mov, or .wmv file)
  • Signed Media Consent forms for anyone appearing in the video (we can not use or share your video without this form)
  • If your video is in a language other than English, an English subtitle file or English transcript

If you are able, email your video through to

Sometimes videos may be too large to send through regular email, if this is the case please consider using a “cloud” option such as WeTransfer. To do this:

1. Navigate to

2. Accept Cookies and agree to Terms and Conditions.

3. On the site (pictured below), press the plus button and add your files, type into the “Email To” field, type your email into the “Email From” field. Click “Transfer”.

4. Check your email and input the verification code.

5. Once done, the files will automatically transfer to us.

6. If you’d prefer, you could also upload the files to other cloud sites (i.e. Google Drive, Dropbox) and send us an accessible link.

Languages and subtitles

GAROP is an internationally diverse network, full of different communities speaking different languages! We encourage you to record your video in the language of your choice.

If you record your video in another language, please try to add English subtitles yourself to ensure your message can reach the widest audience. This document explains how you can do this using YouTube (revised document, originally created by the UN OHCHR).

If you record your video in a language other than English and you are not able to add your own subtitles, please send it to us with an English translation in a Word document, we will try to help with this where we can.

Sharing your video

If you share your video with us along with your signed consent form then we will upload it to our website and YouTube channel. We will also share and promote your video at key moments throughout the year, especially where your chosen topic is relevant to discussions taking place.

To increase impact of your video you are also encouraged to share it in the following ways:

  1. If possible, upload the video to your own organisation’s website or YouTube channel and promote it through your own social media channels.
  2. Encourage other individuals or organisations you work with to share the video through their own networks and communication channels.
  3. Show the video at events being organised for the UN International Day of Older Persons on or around 1st October.
  4. Send it along with a Press Release to local media contacts for the UN International Day of Older Persons for 1st October.
  5. You could share the link to the video directly with your contacts in government or tag them in your social media posts to get their attention if appropriate. Also make your government contacts aware of any media coverage the video, press release or event have gained.