On June 9, 2022, during the RTOERO Vibrant Voices webinar Human rights denied: Canadians against ageism, Margaret Gillis and Dr. Kiran Rabheru from the International Longevity Centre Canada (ILC) spoke about ageism and the rights of older persons. This webinar is part of the Vibrant Voices webinars series that advocates for critical policy improvements to address urgent seniors’ needs.
Margaret Gillis explained why it’s urgent to push for the ratification of a United Nations Convention on the Rights of Older Persons. COVID-19 and its disproportionate toll on seniors showed us, if needed be, that not everybody is treated equally and demonstrated the fragility of human rights. The World Health Organization declared that every second person in the world is believed to hold ageist attitudes. “During the pandemic Canada had the worst death rate in long-term care of all OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries,” explained Margaret Gillis. Measures need to be taken so that it can never happen again.
One way to combat ageism is to have a United Nations Convention on the Rights of Older Persons. A convention and its laws will:
A convention would provide public awareness and legally binding protection of older persons rights under international law.
RTOERO supports a United Nations Convention on the Rights of Older Persons. The convention is part of our Seniors strategy. RTOERO is actively speaking with all levels of government about the need for a comprehensive seniors strategy and resources focused on the physical and mental wellbeing of older adults. RTOERO is also interested in joining the United Nations Open-ended Working Group on Ageing and is an active partner in local and national initiatives against ageism. RTOERO will keep pushing for a UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.
Watch the webinar – Human rights denied: Canadians against ageism