​International movement to promote human rights of older women with a focus on violence and abuse against older women

Author(s) Choi, Moon, Patricia Brownell and Stefana I Moldovan
Title International movement to promote human rights of older women with a focus on violence and abuse against older women
Source International Social Work; published online before print 16 February 2015, p 1-12
Date 2015
Document type Journal article
CoverageUSA
Summary This article reviews the United Nations instruments that refer to the rights of older women. Two instruments, the Madrid Plan and the CEDAW General Recommendation No. 27, are further discussed in depth. The Madrid Plan includes three priority areas for action: older persons and development; advancing health and well-being into old age; and ensuring enabling and supportive environments. A feature of the plan is the recognition of societal norms and familial customs as potentially harmful to older women and widows. The Madrid Plan also includes provisions for collaborations between governments and NGOs. The CEDAW General Recommendation No 27 on older women and protection of their human rights aims to promote the rights of older women; identify forms of discrimination; and outlines obligations of State parties. The authors conclude that despite a number of international instruments supporting the rights of older persons there is a need for a comprehensive binding instrument such as a Convention that could offer older women real protection. It is recommended that social workers use the UN instruments to promote the rights of older women with their governments together with raising public awareness and support.
Keywords Elder abuse; older people; older women; international instruments; human rights; United Nations.
Topic Elder abuse