The Two Moons partnership launched its first output, the booklet
“My Human Rights, My Well-Being: Older People’s Experiences” in
four languages as part of Un International Day of Older People on
1 October 2019. The booklet collates stories illustrating how the human rights of older people are infringed using experiences of older people in the four participating countries. Stories have been collected through interviews and focus groups, and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) and the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities used as a framework for illustrating infringements and in this way make human rights relevant to the lives of older people, policy-makers and service providers.
The 2 Moons partnership is now engaged in the development of the 2nd project output: “Our Stories: Human Rights and Older People in Europe- a documentary theatre script”. This output focuses on developing a script from six stories that highlight human rights infringements experienced by older people.
The newsletter discusses the results of project Output 1 “How social and health services, police forces and judicial authorities can work together to tackle abuse against older women”, the Training for Trainers organised in December 2018 in Romania and the Output 2 training curriculum piloting results and experiences from the partner countries.
To download the newsletter in English or in any other project language, please visit the project website.
Since October 1st, VoiVa has been taking part in the #AgeingEqual campaign by AGE Platform Europe. The campaign celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, raises awareness of the magnitude and gravity of ageism and aims to establish a lasting community and platform for action against ageism. The theme of the campaign this week has been ageism and abuse. In VoiVa’s projects (Whosefva, Tisova and Two Moons) the training of health and social care professionals is based on older people’s human rights and professionals are taught to also identify ageism. VoiVa took part in the #AgeingEqual campaign by writing two blog posts:
October 1 has been established as the International Day of Older Persons by The United Nations General Assembly.Observed since 1991, the day aims to raise awareness about issues affecting the elderly, such as ageism and elder abuse. It is also a day to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society.
2018 is a special year since The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) turns 70 and the International Day for Older Persons celebrates the importance of this Declaration, and reaffirms the commitment to promoting the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by older persons.
Through EU-funded projects such as TISOVA (Training to Identify and Support Older Victims of Abuse), VoiVa Coop works to make ageism and discrimination visible in the society. Further, we aim to generate positive change in older people’s lives by empowering them to live as active engaged citizens and to secure their human rights. For instance, the trainings in project WHOSEFVA emphasised older people’s human rights and the role of age- and gender-based discrimination in the phenomenon of violence agaist older people.
VoiVa is also taking part in the #AgeingEqual campaign by AGE Platform Europe. The campaign aims to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, raise awareness of the magnitude and gravity of ageism and establish a lasting community and platform for action against ageism. Read the #AgeingEqual press release and join us!
In light of World Elder Abuse Day (WEAD) being on June 15th, we would like to take this week to raise awareness on this issue. Older women are particularly vulnerable to physical and psychological abuse. The Tisova Project aims to train professionals and volunteers at senior centres to provide elderly women survivors of violence with effective and sensible support.
On 6 April 2018 VoiVa participated in a Well-being Fair event organised at the Comprehensive Service Centre of Kustaankartano, Helsinki. The visitors received leaflets of the SAFE project, among other information related to elder abuse. Both the staff and older people showed interest towards the themes of safety and violence.