Frances Zainoeddin, NGO Committee on Ageing – New York and Steering Group member of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People will introduce and moderate this session.
Frances Zainoeddin worked at the United Nations from 1970-2001, represents the International Federation on Ageing, Gray Panthers and Soroptimist International at the United Nations, and is the Vice-Chair of the NGO Committee on Ageing in New York. She also represents the Stakeholder Group on Ageing at the United Nations on sustainable development issues, particularly in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, ensuring inclusion of the concerns of older persons. She is actively advocating for an international convention to protect the rights of older persons.
The human rights of older persons and the campaign for a UN convention – Part II
Andrea Dotta is a Social Worker who has been working since 2009 for the Costa Rican Gerontological Association AGECO. She holds the position of Human Rights Coordinator, carrying out actions of political advocacy and monitoring of the rights of older people.
Andrea is a Professor of Social Work at the Universidad Libre of Costa Rica. Master in Educational Technology and is currently studying for a Masters degree in Human Rights and Peace Education at the Institute of Latin American Studies.
Margaret Young has an insatiable curiosity that fuels her desire to engage, understand, and connect people for action. This curiosity was pivotal to her award-winning career with Canada’s largest financial institution where she honed her craft in system thinking, organizational development, and leadership. This curiosity also shaped her path in becoming a champion for the older person.
She is the founder of Age Knowble, a Canadian social enterprise. Age Knowble empowers older persons and strengthens the ecosystems they need to live secure and thriving lives through intersectoral collaboration. Along with her Age Knowble work, Margaret amplifies impact by volunteering with like-minded organizations such as the Pass It On Network, and older persons serving non-profits. Her dedication to the cause is not only invaluable, it is inspiring.
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Frances Zainoeddin, NGO Committee on Ageing – New York and Steering Group member of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People
Andrea Dotta, AGECO, Costa Rica
Margaret Young, Steering Group member of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People
This workshop is proposed by the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP), a global network of 400 members united in our work to strengthen the rights of older persons. We support and coordinate civil society engagement in advocacy and campaigning around a UN convention on the rights of older persons.
Under the overarching theme of ‘The human rights of older persons and the campaign for a UN convention’, the main objectives of this workshop series are:
- To inspire and motivate participants to engage in campaigning for a UN convention on the rights of older persons and in the UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) process
- To provide tools and experiences from different countries and regions to guide effective advocacy and campaigning for a UN convention on the rights of older persons
This workshop will begin with a short explanation of the work currently taking place around a UN convention and introduction to GAROP. The main focus of the workshop presentations will then be to set out tangible, practical actions that can be taken by civil society organisations and other stakeholders at the national level in advocating and campaigning for a UN convention. Any National Human Rights Institutions present will be involved and encourages to contribute. The workshop will be as interactive as possible with space provided for questions and dialogue with the activists and the sharing of ideas among participants.
National level advocacy and campaigning is the bedrock of our work towards a UN convention. The workshop presenters are Global Alliance members from Costa Rica and Canada who will share their stories and experiences of campaigning on older people’s human rights and a UN convention in their countries. The workshops will showcase some of the inspiring grassroots activism on older people’s rights that is currently taking place around the world and will bring these critical national level perspectives to the conference.
Each presenter will focus on a different aspect of advocacy and campaigning drawing on their own particular strengths and experiences. They will explain the challenges they face in their country in advocacy on older people’s rights and a UN convention, the approaches they have adopted, and the impact they have had. Their topics will include:
- Human rights education and training with older people (Andrea Dotta)
- National advocacy and campaigning with governments, including Canada (Margaret Young)
This conference will also act as a key moment in the timeline of the global ‘Age With Rights’ campaign. This workshop will provide a vital opportunity to raise awareness of the campaign with a wider audience and highlight ways in which participants can get involved and support this campaign in the months leading up to the 12th OEWG session. It will also be used as an opportunity to promote and encourage participation in other events at the conference that will focus on older people’s rights and a UN convention.