The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the rights and needs of older persons. While everyone has been affected, evidence shows that older people are among those most at risk of complications from the disease, with fatality rates for those over 80 years of age five times the global average. They are also at greater risk of poverty, discrimination and isolation. Older persons have been hit particularly hard by the virus itself but it has been the failure to protect their rights in the response that has led to unnecessary deaths, unmet health and care needs, increased isolation, discrimination and stigma.
This webinar will:
- Recognise the impact of COVID-19 on the wellbeing and dignity of older persons across the Commonwealth
- Raise awareness of ageism, stigma and discrimination against older people in the COVID-19 response and the need to foster intergenerational connections across the Commonwealth
- Reflect on how The Commonwealth needs to adapt to ensure the rights of its citizens of all ages are respected.
- Baroness Scotland, Secretary-General of The Commonwealth
- Lord Ahmad, UK Minister for The Commonwealth
- Hon Ignatienne Nyirarukundo, Rwanda Minister of State
- Anne Gallagher, Director General, Commonwealth Foundation