Today, there are 760 million people over the age of 60 worldwide. By 2050, there will be over 2 billion people over 60, and 80% will live in developing countries.
Age discrimination and ageism are widely tolerated around the world, and national protections are inconsistent at best. In focus groups across 36 countries, 43% of older people surveyed were afraid of personal violence. Despite this evidence, no international protections have been established to safeguard their rights.
We believe the contribution older people make to society is invaluable, yet they remain some of the poorest and most neglected people in the world. Older people have a right to lead dignified, active, healthy, and secure lives. Help us give them a voice. Sign the petition to call on Secretary of State John Kerry to stand up for the rights of older people.
- United States Secretary of State
- Secretary of State
John Kerry (Secretary of State)
Around the world, people are living longer. Still, older people are virtually invisible, without champions or a voice. This leads to policy decisions by governments around the world - including ours - that exclude older people. This is wrong.
Seniors live everywhere; in both rich and poor countries. Solely because of their age, they face violence and abuse from their families and communities; their finances are swindled; basic housing is out of reach; health care is non-existent and many are malnourished to the point of starvation.
This is WRONG.
Secretary Kerry, here is what we would like:
1. International recognition of seniors as people with rights, not charity cases.
2. The US Government’s financial support for programs around the world to protect older people from targeted violence and abuse.
3. The US Government to join other countries at the United Nations in their work toward realizing the equality of older people.
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