Human Rights & Non-discrimination

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Understanding ageism

Ageism is a very widespread form of discrimination. 42 % of Europeans perceive discrimination due to old age (being over 55 years old) as “very” or “fairly” widespread in their country. 

Discriminating on the basis of age denies us our right to participate in society on an equal basis with others. For example, due to age limits we may find ourselves excluded from health treatment, insurance, banking products, training and social support, to name just a few. Ageist prejudices also drive other human violations, including poverty, neglect and abuse.

We all age differently and some of us face combined forms of inequalities based on our age but also gender, ethnic origin, disability, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and others.

Fighting for equal rights at all ages

We want to ensure that people, no matter their age, can live in dignity. We believe that ageism is equally wrong and harmful to other forms of discrimination. Human rights allow us to challenge the practices that keep us from living fairly and freely as equals when we are old.

We aim to change the laws and policies at national, European and international level to ensure they adequately prevent and address all forms of discrimination and rights violations in old age. We strive to increase awareness of how ageism affects our lives and our communities and advocate for policies to mainstream age equality.

We mainly work on…

  • Raising awareness of ageism as a serious and harmful form of discrimination that creates barriers to equality, freedom and participation
  • Empowering individuals and advocacy groups to fight for equal rights in all ages
  • Ensuring that EU policies adopt a rights-based approach to ageing
  • Extending legal protection from age discrimination at EU level beyond the field of employment
  • Advocating for a new UN convention to protect our rights in old age
  • Promoting understanding of the diversity of the older population and the multiple forms of discrimination faced by groups, such as older women, older Roma people, older LGBTI people and older persons with disabilities.

We contribute to the following EU and global debates…

Useful links:

Key AGE resources on human rights and non-discrimination

European Commission

United Nations

Council of Europe

Civil Society

Contact person

Nena Georgantzi, Policy Coordinator Human Rights & Non-Discrimination, nena.georgantzi@age-platform.eu

 

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