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Save the date, 19 June: “Closing the Circle: Addressing Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Older Age

19 June @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM UTC-5

Dear colleagues,

Please save the date for the following important side event to be held on the 19th of June during the Human Rights Council. Note it is a hybrid event. More details will follow soon. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Closing the Circle: Addressing Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Older Age

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day


Human Rights Council 53rd session

Side Event – Monday 19 June 2023, 14:00-15:00  

Conference Room XXV – Palais des Nations

The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is observed on 15 June. It was officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 66/127 in 2011, following a request by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), who first established the commemoration in 2006. On WEAAD, the world voices its opposition to elder abuse, a human rights violation, and reaffirms the dignity of older persons and their right to live free of violence, abuse and neglect.

GBV against older women remains largely a taboo subject as the gender aspects of elder abuse and violence against older persons are too often obscured. In fact, women are more likely than men to experience violence and discrimination throughout their lives. Therefore, it is important to see the abuse of older women in the context of a life course of discrimination and violence. Older women may be at risk of abuse in all societies.  Women with disabilities, or who are care-dependent at home or in institutional care settings or older women deprived of liberty may be especially at risk of abuse and violence by a range of perpetrators.

Older women survivors of all types of violence encounter multiple barriers in the access to justice and to health, social and financial services. Effective frameworks to respond to such human rights violations, i.e. legal remedies, research, prevention and adequate services are few to be found.

This side event will unveil some data on the violence and barriers that older women encounter across settings and will present some progress in research and interventions.


The Event
An expert panel will provide updates on closing the circle, taking into account policieslegal frameworks and evidence-based population-based surveys and interventions.  It will be hybrid using the UN Webex platform.

NGO Committee on Ageing, Geneva, Switzerland

Chair: Kelly G. Fitzgerald, representative of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA)

Past Chair: Silvia Perel-Levin, representative of the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA)

Vice-Chair: Ann Lindsayrepresentative of World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH)

Treasurer: Valerie Bichelmeier, representative of Make Mothers Matter (MMM)


Liat Ayalon, representative of Bar Ilan University

Kim Stoeckel, representative of University of Maryland Baltimore County

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19 June
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM UTC-5