#Timesup on undervaluing the work of older women

(c) Joanne Hill/HelpAge International 2012

As famous women speak out against discrimination, we must make sure that we are listening, not only to those with a platform and a voice, but also to those who are vulnerable and marginalised. Which is why I am excited to announce a new piece of research into older women and unpaid care, which Age International is carrying out with the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). 

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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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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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Older women speak out about elder abuse

Jumwa 70 Kenya

Women from 19 countries have shared their personal experiences of elder abuse in order to break the taboo.

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Impact of dementia much greater for women

A carer and a doctor sit around an older woman with dementia in Myanmar.

The impact of dementia is much greater for women, according to a report from the Global Alzheimer’s and Dementia Action Alliance (of which Age International is a member).

Worldwide, more women than men live with dementia. Women also provide the bulk of the care for people living with dementia – and this does not stop as they age.

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