The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - 15 June

The Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Ms. Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, is mandated by the Human Rights Council Resolution 24/20 to raise awareness of the challenges faced in the realization of all human rights by older persons, and to ensure that older persons receive information about those rights. The issue of elder abuse has been considered one of the priorities of the mandate of the Independent Expert.

In this context, the Independent Expert participated in the Side-Event “Falling Between the Cracks: Abuse and Violence against Older Women” jointly organised by the OHCHR and the NGO Committee on Ageing Geneva. This side-event took place on 15 June 2015, at the margins of the 29th session of the Human Rights Council.

The side event presented common features of elder abuse with other types of interpersonal violence and the specificities of violence against older women. Policies, programmes, gaps and good practices from various regions were also discussed. 

Please see the report of the side-event and the statement of the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons.