A platform should be created for the voices of older women and men to be heard.
People are growing old in a world which is increasingly unequal but also one where the demand for participation in decision-making and accountability is ever stronger. As the world becomes more connected, new technologies are reaching into the lives even of everyone, including those living in Southern Africa. This is enabling the spread of information and the development of advocacy by all citizens and helping to increase government accountability.
A platform should be created for the voices of older women and men to be heard. They should be given the space to engage with decision makers and influence the implementation of national and international instruments, policies and practices that respond to the needs of older people. The knowledge, skills and resilience which come from lifetimes of experience need to be harnessed. Strategies to do this include: advocacy through intergenerational campaigns; and using older citizen monitoring (OCM) groups to generate evidence. Stakeholders that can be targeted include: local and national government departments; political parties and members of parliament; regional and international bodies such as Southern African Development Community (SADC), African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN).
Resources and case studies on this page show best practices, research and gaps regarding developing an intergenerational movement that campaigns for the voices of older women and men to be heard by decision makers and seen as agents of change.