#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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Age International’s Managing Director responds to recent reports of sexual misconduct and harassment in the charity sector

As Director of Age International, I would like to reassure you of Age International’s strongest possible commitment to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of everyone who comes into contact with the charity – whether beneficiaries, staff or volunteers.

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Married at 75: how pensions influence more than a person’s income

Kajubi and Nakiwanda in Uganda

When I’m asked to explain how social pensions can mark a turning point for the people receiving them, the story of Kajubi & Nakiwanda in Uganda immediately comes to mind – an older couple who, despite losing everything in the war, are now able to afford the church wedding they had always dreamed of.

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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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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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