On the occasion of the 10th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on 15 June 2015, AGE is co-organizing – with the European Commission, the Council of Europe and the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions – a two day event to take stock of European and international action to tackle elder abuse and better protect and promote the rights of older people.
The Council of Europe – European Commission – AGE Platform Europe – ENNHRI
Invite you to a joint two-day event to mark the 10th World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
Tackling elder abuse in Europe: a renewed commitment or a missed opportunity?
Policies and practices in implementing international and EU human rights instruments
15-16 June 2015 – Brussels
The event will focus on several aspects of abuse that are particularly challenging, including adequate support to older victims and financial abuse. It will showcase what a rights-based approach to these issues means in practice and how the European and international framework can support and guide policymakers and practitioners.
It will build on the outcomes of the seminar organized jointly by the Council of Europe, the European Commission and AGE Platform Europe in 2014, which brought together experts from the legal and social spheres to discuss how to address the rights of older people in care settings.
The first day will consider how human rights standards can be implemented when services are provided by private actors and informal caregivers. It aims to be of relevance to all actors in the field of elder abuse – national, regional and local authorities, NGOs, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), academics, EU policymakers, international institutions and media.
On the second day, the event will aim to exchange experiences at local, regional and national level on tackling elder abuse by building links between EU and international instruments and their implementation. It seeks to provide guidelines to develop effective policies to tackle elder abuse.
Venues in Brussels
15 June: Council of Europe office, Avenue de Nerviens 85
16 June: Committee of the Regions, Rue Belliard 99-101
Additional information and registration:
- Important information: due to the limited number of seats, the first day of the event (15th June) is accessible upon invitation only.
- The program of the two days is available here.
- A background note was prepared for the event. Read it here.
- Registrations are closed.
- Relevant hashtags on Twitter: #WEAAD2015 – #elderabuse – #endelderabuse
- Meeting summary and full report
- Press release: Let’s put an end to Europe’s hidden shame
- For more information, please contact Maude Luherne firstname.lastname@example.org
, Nena Georgantzi email@example.com
or Ciara O’Dwyer, firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is supported by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Commission (DG Justice) and support from DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.
View here the panellists' presentations:
- 'The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Tackling Elder Abuse in Europe', Dima Yared, Human Rights Officer, OHCHR, Regional Office for Europe
- 'Policies and Practices to tackle Elder Abuse', Silvia Perel-Levin, ILC GA, INPEA Chair, NGO Committee on Ageing-Geneva
- Presentation of the 'Care about Rights' programme of the Scottish Human Rights Commission to promote dignity in care
- 'Prevention and detection of physical and economic elder abuse in the Basque country - Involvement of the Provincial Council of Bizkaia', Lourdes Zurbanobeaskoetxea Laraudogoitia, Assessment and Guidance service, Provincial Council of Bizkaia Social and Health Coordination, Basque Country Government
- WeDO2: Training Quality care, Liesbeth De Donder, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) for the project partnerships
- Vlaams Ondersteuningscentrum Ouderenmis(be)handeling (VLOCO), Flemisch support centre for elder abuse, Evelien Van Hauwaert
- Introducing Support & Advocacy Services for Older People (Ireland), Eileen O Callaghan, SAGE
- Feedback from Day One of the conference by Ciara O'Dwyer, ENNHRI