The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, agreed last year, aims to end poverty and build a more sustainable world over the next 15 years. Ending neglect, abuse and violence against older people is a vital if we are to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and fulfil their underlying pledge to leave no one behind.
Abuse and violence directed at older people take many forms, including partner and stranger violence, psychological and emotional abuse and financial exploitation. The World Health Organization estimates that up to ten per cent of older people may be affected in some countries.
Older women suffer from age and gender discrimination and are more vulnerable than men. Abuse of older women often follows a lifetime of discrimination, violence and oppression. I am particularly alarmed by growing reports of older women who are accused of witchcraft, making them targets of abuse from their own families and communities.
On this Day, I call upon Member States and civil society to strengthen their resolve and redouble their efforts to eliminate all forms of violence and abuse against older people.
Suva, Fiji – Are’tiki is like many other Pacific towns and villages. Women face a number of challenges including fewer educational and economic opportunities, limited access to reproductive health services, poor representation in decision-making and high rates of violence. But when Are’tiki Women’s Association Programme Officer, Moana, found out that the rape of a young woman by her boyfriend was not an isolated incident, she decided to Continue reading →
Child abuse and violence is costing countries in East Asia and the Pacific around US $209 billion/year, equivalent to 2 percent of the region’s GDP, according to newly published research commissioned by UNICEF. This is the first ever costing of child maltreatment in the region and was conducted by a team of global experts using a proven methodology previously employed in Australia and the US. Continue reading →
The President of Fiji, His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and the Special Representative to the United Nations Secretary General on Violence against Children, Ms. Marta Santos Pais, sent a strong and unified message at the start of a three-day conference on ending violence against children today, saying “Violence against children is not inevitable, it can be prevented.” Senior government officials, child protection experts and donors from 15 Pacific Island countries have come together with international experts to develop country plans, review and share good practices and ensure data and information on child protection is available, shared and acted upon when they return to their countries. Continue reading →