World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2021: Access to Justice
Production Date
Video Length
01:15:04
Asset Language
English
Summary

An expert panel will discuss ways to overcome the barriers to full access to justice and showcase examples of national and regional access to justice by older persons who suffered violence, abuse and neglect perpetrated by state or nonstate actors, including during the current COVID 19 pandemic.

Description

The UN General Assembly designated 15 June as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (res. A/RES/66/127).  According to WHO estimates, 1 in 6 people aged over 60 suffers from abuse. That means nearly 141 million older persons globally. This number might be much higher as violence, abuse and neglect of older persons are the most hidden and underreported violations of human rights.

Older Persons deserve access to justice.

Often, national laws and/or legal processes, do not serve the needs of older persons who may seek recourse. Older persons who have experienced situations of violence, abuse and neglect face multiple barriers in accessing judicial remedies such as issues of accessibility, affordability reasonable accommodation, excessive delays and backlogs in judicial processes, impact of digitalization, cultural norms, gender bias, discrimination, and entrenched ageism in policy, norms and practices.

An expert panel will discuss ways to overcome the barriers to full access to justice and showcase examples of national and regional access to justice by older persons who suffered violence, abuse and neglect perpetrated by state or nonstate actors, including during the current COVID 19 pandemic.