To mark Ageism Awareness Day (October 7th), Elder Abuse Prevention Ontario, the Canadian Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, and the Canadian Coalition Against Ageism teamed up to host a special online event. The event will brough together Dr. Kiran Rabheru and Margaret Gillis (ILC Canada, co-founders of the Canadian Coalition Against Ageism (CCAA) and Dr. Claudia Mahler, the United Nations Independent Expert on the Enjoyment of all Human Rights by Older Persons.

Together they discussed

* CCAA’s goals, activities and current campaign against ageism

* How a Convention on the Rights of Older People could help counter age discrimination and prevent elder abuse

* The work Canadian organizations are leading at the international level to bring about a UN Convention on the Rights on Older Adults and how you can support this effort.

Time: 90 mins

Resources from Webinar


Join the Age With Rights Campaign!

The Age With Rights is the global campaign for a new UN convention on the rights of older people coordinated by the Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People. Our rallying cry – “Age with Rights!” – was formed with input from members of our Global Alliance.  You do not have to be a member organisation of the Global Alliance to support and engage with the campaign.  Join this global campaign for a UN convention on the rights of older people to ensure equal protection of our human rights in older age!

Learn More:

Intersessional work up to the 14th UN Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWG) session

Join in the work in combatting ageism and standing for the UN Convention. OEWGA and the questionnaire & tips on how to respond.  Global Alliance for the Rights of Older People (GAROP) has produced a short briefing to support civil society organisations to prepare their responses to the questionnaire. It explains the background to this questionnaire and why it is so important for a wide diversity of NGOs to respond. It also provides appendices with links to useful resources, explanations of terms used, and guidance on key messages for each question in the questionnaire.  Click here to access this briefing in English Français

Opportunities to engage in the process – Questionnaire
The questionnaire has now been shared in English and with unofficial French and Spanish versions.
Access the questionnaire:   English        Español         Français

The deadline for responses is 24th November 2023.



UN Human Rights Commission on Violence, Abuse and Neglect of Older People

Human Rights Council resolution 51/4, the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Claudia Mahler, provides an overview of her activities during the reporting period and a thematic analysis of violence against and abuse and neglect of older persons. She examines the different manifestations of abuse in older age and reviews prevention and protection measures. The report concludes with a set of recommendations to States and other stakeholders.

Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons.

On 27 September 2013, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 24/20, establishing the mandate of the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons. It was most recently renewed by resolution 42/12 in 2019.
Learn about the mandate:

Pan-Canadian Age-Friendly Communities Initiative

WHO Global Network – Age-Friendly Communities – Canada

For more information on age-friendly communities work in Canada, please visit:
An examination of the social and economic impacts of ageism

This report examines social and economic impacts of ageism through a review of literature to better understand:

  • the impacts of ageism related to employmentFootnote2, health and health care, social inclusion, safety and security, media and social media
  • initiatives to counteract age-based discrimination against older adults

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 WHO – Global report on Ageism  
The Global report on Ageism outlines a framework for action to reduce ageism including specific recommendations for different actors (e.g. government, UN agencies, civil society organizations, private sector). It brings together the best available evidence on the nature and magnitude of ageism, its determinants and its impact. It outlines what strategies work to prevent and counter ageism, identifies gaps and proposes future lines of research to improve our understanding of ageism.

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Also Access this publication in:  العربية   中文     Français   Русский     Español   Português

Age Discrimination Costs the Nation $850 Billion, Study Finds Bias against older workers hurts economic growth
Bias against older workers cost the U.S. economy an estimated $850 billion in gross domestic product (GDP) in 2018
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Age-inclusive language: Are you using it in your writing and everyday speech?
by, Morgan Van Vleck, MSW candidate at the Brown School and Center for Aging Graduate Research Fellow

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Ageism Videos


Telus documentary “Golden”

Organization Information

Canadian Coalition on Agaist Ageism


International Longevity Centre-Canada

Kiran Rabheru, Chair of the Board
Email: [email protected]

Margaret Gillis, Founding President
Email: [email protected]

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