Standing against ageism
Across the world some people are still denied their rights, simply because of their age. This is still widespread and it leads to the discrimination, stereotyping and abuse of older people. Ageism can easily be identified in cases where older people are treated as though they have nothing left to give or contribute to their families, communities and society at large. In such cases older people are often treated as "a burden". All too often ageism can be in treating an regarding older people's needs and aspirations as threats to those of younger people. There are however numerous other ways in which older people are treated less favourabley simply because of their age, in all cases Triumph Africa stands against Ageism.
Calling for: UN Convention on the rights of older people.
Triumph Africa subsribes to the UNDP 2030 Agenda and commitment to 'Leave no one behind'.
We also join in the call for a UN Convention on the rights of older people.
Please watch this video by UNDP and Help Age.
There are a range of gender-related inequalities that women accumulate throughout their lives: lower levels of education, limited access to adequate healthcare and nutrition, limited access to information and services, and lower participation in social, economic and political activities.
African women continue to face not only widespread poverty, but also heavy labour burdens from an early age as the girl child is still expected to mature and take on responsibilities sooner than her male counterparts. This gender-based discrimination leads to acute marginalisation in older age. Women and the girl child rights have become more visible in policy in recent years however older women remain largely excluded and invisible.
According to the World Health Organisation, it is estimated that 1 in 6 older people worldwide experiences abuse each month. It is also estimated that only 4% of elder abuse is reported.Triumph Africa works with local communities to raise awareness and with authorities in reporting cases of abuses. Elder abuse can be defined as "a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person". Elder abuse can take various forms such as financial, physical, psychological and sexual. It can also be the result of intentional or unintentional neglect.
Definition source: http://www.who.int/ageing/projects/elder_abuse/en/
Physical: e.g. hitting, slapping, burning, pushing, false imprisonment / confinement, or giving excessive or improper medication as well as withholding treatment and medication.
Psychological/Emotional: e.g. humiliating a person. It may take verbal forms such as yelling, name-calling e.g. witch, ridiculing, constantly criticizing, accusations, blaming, or non verbal forms such as ignoring, silence, shunning or withdrawing affection.
Financial abuse: also known as financial exploitation, involving misappropriation of financial resources by family members, caregivers, or strangers, or the use of financial means to control the person or facilitate other types of abuse.
Sexual: e.g. forcing a person to take part in any sexual activity without his or her consent, including forcing them to participate in conversations of a sexual nature against their will; may also include situations where person is no longer able to give consent (dementia)
Neglect: e.g. depriving a person of proper medical treatment, food, heat, clothing or comfort or essential medication and depriving a person of needed services to force certain kinds of actions, financial and otherwise. Neglect can include leaving an at-risk (i.e. fall risk) elder person unattended. The deprivation may be intentional (active neglect) or happen out of lack of knowledge or resources (passive neglect).
Definition Source : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elder_abuse
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