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Mar
08
Voice and accountability in Uganda's Senior Citizens Grant

Violence and discrimination against older women is compounded in emergencies

The rights of older women are often ignored and neglected in emergencies. Download or view the resource here

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Mar
08
Voice and accountability in Uganda's Senior Citizens Grant

On International Women's Day, campaigners press for progress on violence against older women

On International Women's Day, 8 March 2018, people around the world are campaigning for equality and the end to discrimination and violence against older women. Download or view the resource here

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Mar
06
7 elderly people murdered in Malawi – Manepo

7 elderly people murdered in Malawi – Manepo

At least seven elderly men and women have been murdered due to witchcraft accusations in different parts of Malawi since January 2018. Download or review the resource here

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Mar
06
Malawi to introduces pension scheme for the elderly

Malawi to introduces pension scheme for the elderly

Malawi is expected to have a universal old age pension scheme for older men and women to address the social and economical challenges they face in the country. This follows a study report on the feasibility of a universal old…

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Feb
22
Above-inflation adjustments to social grants

Above-inflation adjustments to social grants

Government will introduce above-inflation adjustments for social protection spending to deal with the increase in VAT, according to the National Budget. Old age grant will increase on April 1, 2018 from the existing R1 600 to R1690 and to R1…

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Feb
22
Voice and accountability in Uganda's Senior Citizens Grant

We came not to lament, we want action

Two older people from HelpAge global network members joined HelpAge at the United Nations in New York as governments gathered to review implementation of the 2002 Madrid International Plan Of Action on Ageing. This blog describes their experiences. Download or…

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Feb
22
Voice and accountability in Uganda's Senior Citizens Grant

The freedom to decide: what older people say about their rights to autonomy and independence

Everyone has the right to this autonomy and independence. But for many older people, the autonomy and independence they enjoyed earlier in their lives is denied in older age. At the end of 2017, HelpAge International coordinated consultations with 450…

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Feb
22
Human Rights Commission concerned about abuse of witchcraft suspects

Human Rights Commission concerned about abuse of witchcraft suspects

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) in Zambia has expressed concern over so-called "witch-finders" engaging in serious human rights abuses. It is mostly older men and women who are targeted and abused on suspicions of witchcraft because of their advanced age.…

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Feb
21
Health effects of a disadvantaged childhood persist in old age

Health effects of a disadvantaged childhood persist in old age

By studying thousands of 50-96-year olds across 14 European countries, researchers at the University of Geneva have identified a ‘direct, biological, and sustainable effect’ of socioeconomic deprivation during childhood on muscle strength – a key indicator of health – later…

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Feb
21
Tanzania: Recognise, Value Rural Women's Contributions, Says Minister

Malawi Police Rescues Karonga Eldery People Suspected to Be Witches

Police in the northern district of Malawi had to recuse 3 older people after their properties and houses were destroyed by community members who believed they were witches. The government has been calling on Malawians "to stop accusing the elderly…

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