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!