I went to the EU development days and older women were invisible

Drawing of grandmothers

After two days at the European Development Days in Brussels, I was left disheartened by the lack of thought spared for older women. As a sector, we are not including older women as a priority.

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50 years since the Dagenham protest: How do we value different kinds of work fairly? 

Dagenham Protest

50 years ago this week, two women walked out of the Ford factory in Dagenham in protest at being paid less than men for equal work. Five decades later and the question remains – how do we value and recognise different kinds of work fairly?   

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#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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