German Senior Citizens’ Day 2021 - International conference explored how to strengthen human rights in older age
BAGSO - Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Seniorenorganisationen, AGE member in Germany, realised its 13th German Senior Citizens’ Day 2021 in a virtual format. Thousands of participants followed the panel discussions, workshops and presentations after the opening ceremony of Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The topics ranged from digital participation and intergenerational learning to concepts against loneliness, engagement and purpose in later life, and the finitude of life.
The international day on November 25th covered questions around a better protection of the human rights in older age. In three panel discussions, international and national experts explained what human rights mean in older age, explored ways of strengthening the rights of older people through practical support at local level and debated how to promote the rights of older persons worldwide.
In the first panel, participants gained an insight in human rights violations in older age from different parts of the world. How to tackle such human rights violations was subject of the second panel that gave practical examples of initiatives and projects that support older people to claim their rights. The third panel discussed ways of making a UN Convention on the Rights of Older People a reality.