By Roseline Kihumba (ACDHRS Alumni)
Roseline is the International & Regional Policies Coordinator at HelpAge International, Africa Regional Office. She has over ten years’ experience in international development and exposed to in-depth international development and program/project issues within inter-disciplinary and multi-cultural contexts. She has worked in a wide range of sectors including health, network development, social protection, rights and discrimination, emergencies, advocacy and policy influencing while working with diverse vulnerable groups and a wide range of stakeholders including government ministries, Africa Union, International NGOs and national and local organizations. Roseline has actively engaged the Sustainable Development Goals, data revolution, UN convention for older people rights and AU human rights debates at national, regional and international levels sharing and shaping the age inclusion while providing technical capacity and facilitating older people and their supporting institutions to engagement at all levels. She holds a Master in Development Management, a Master in Communications studies, and a Bachelor degree in Agriculture and Home Economics
We are delighted to share with you HelpAge International plans for International Day of Older Persons, this Monday 1 October. The UN theme this year is celebrating older human rights champions, marking the 70th Anniversary of the Declaration on Human Rights. For us, it is about recognising the lives and work of older campaigners globally, and moving toward a convention on the rights of older people.
Over the summer, HelpAge have collected and translated a series of moving and inspiring personal ‘untold stories’ of campaigners from 20 countries, and this week, published them on a dedicated ‘photo-wall’ on our website.
We believe these stories testify to the incredible achievements older campaigners have made, as well as the challenges that they – and we as a global community - still face.
Although older campaigners have made great strides, their everyday experiences of age discrimination are evidence that we need a legally binding UN convention on the rights of older people, and we are continuing to advocate and campaign for this.
Please feel free to use these stories, for example at events you are organising or speaking at, in a speech, blog or article you may be writing, or sharing through your own social media channels.
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