GAROP (Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People)
We are members of GAROP (Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People) and stand up and speak out from a unique position working closely with the elderly and vulnerable in our society.
This year we attended the eighth OEWG (Open-ended Working Group on Ageing ) meeting which took place between 5 and 7th July 2017. A number of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) participated in the meeting for the first time along with Member States and other NGOs. The session included general discussion and substantive debates led by two panels of experts on each of the two areas of rights, the right to Equality and non-discrimination and the right to live free from Neglect, violence and abuse.
The debates included experts representing the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; the Australian, Croatian and Polish National Human Rights Institutes; the German government and a former Chairperson of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights by Older Persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, also contributed to the panel discussions. In the debate with Member States that followed these presentations, a number of NGOs also presented statements highlighting gaps in existing legal frameworks and making recommendations for normative content for a new convention.
The Chair’s summary of the eighth session is now available on the UN website.
As we develop the PramaFOUNDATION we are looking to increase our influence in both the UK and the world, standing up for the rights of older people. Membership of GAROP is just one of the initiatives we are currently involved in.
Prama, working with the Search Institute, is developing a complementary set of Developmental Assets in later life with the aim of encouraging a whole person and strength based approach to ageing.
In 1990, Search Institute released a framework of Developmental Assets, which identified a set of skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviours that enabled young people to develop into successful and contributing adults. Over the following decades, the Developmental Assets framework and approach to youth development became the most frequently cited and widely utilised in the world, creating what Stanford University’s William Damon described as a “sea change” in adolescent development. Data collected from Search Institute surveyed more than 5 million children and youth from all backgrounds and situations and consistently demonstrated that the more Developmental Assets young people acquire, the better their chances of succeeding in school and becoming happy, healthy, and contributing members of their communities and society.