We must listen to older women about their experiences of abuse

Rangammal, 67, Vellore, Tamil Nadu,

67-year-old Cristina* recently travelled from Moldova to London, in order to speak about the decades of violence she has experienced at the hands of her husband. Her words served as an important reminder – when it comes to violence against women, we must make more of an effort to listen to the experiences of women of all ages.

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Getting rid of older people – the best way to advance human rights?

At a conference I attended in London in October, a well-respected human rights activist talking about LGBT issues responded from the podium to a question about the importance of taking into account the rights of older people. Her comment – and I am paraphrasing – was that the best thing for advancing the rights of LGBT people would be to get rid of older people.

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Older Rohingya refugees sick and struggle to reach aid

Older people are sick and struggling to reach aid, according to the latest reports from staff in Bangladesh – who have been meeting with hundreds of older Rohingya refugees in the camps.

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Combating diabetes in older people

Holding diabetes medication

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of premature deaths worldwide – and diagnoses are rising rapidly in lower and middle-income countries. Romanova Tatiana Ivanovna, who is 72, explains: ‘I was surprised to find out that I had diabetes. I knew very little about it before.’

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Witchcraft attacks are a symptom of ageism and sexism

Nzingo shows the cut on her arm

Every month older women are murdered because they are believed to be witches.  But the issue of witchcraft abuse is symptomatic of a much wider, deep-rooted problem: the compounded effect of ageism and sexism on an older woman’s life.

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