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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Parliament Calls For Appropriate Treatments Of Elderly Women

Parliamentarians before the commencement of public business in the August House are calling for appropriate treatment to be given to elderly women in the country.

Their call follows an official statement delivered by the Mp for Ketu South ABLA DZIFA GOMASHIE on the 2023 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.

Hon. Abla Dzifa Gomashie – MP, Ketu South

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Closing the Circle: Addressing Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Older Age Policy, Law and Evidence-based Responses.”

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) happens each year on June 15th, officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution 66/127, December 2011, following a request by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), who first established the commemoration in June 2006. 

It represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its opposition to the abuse and suffering inflicted on some of our older generations.

World Elder abuse awareness day is observed every year on June 15, It represents the one day in the year when the world voices its opposition to the suffering inflicted to some of our older generation.

 Elder abuse is defined as “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person.

According to her, the United Nation estimate that the number of older persons Worldwide is projected 1.5 billion in 2050 and more. With Ghana’s projected number, the abuse of the elderly in the country is an occurring problem that affects health and human rights.

Again, the Ketu south legislator lamented that a Report by Action Aid Ghana in 2022 states that gender-based violence is a global pandemic. Despite the violence Ghanaian women face, Elderly women in Ghana face the worst.

Second Deputy Minority chief whip, Comfort Doyoe contributing to the statement, stated that it’s high time the country changes its perception about Elderly women.

Hon. Comfort Doyoe Cudjoe-Ghansah – Deputy Minority Chief Whip

However, Minority Chief whip, Kwame Governs Agboza was of the view that it’s high time parliament take a look at the provisions in the Disability Act to do the needful

Hon. Kwame Governs Agboza – Minority Chief whip

Deputy Majority leader, Alexander Affenyo-Markin that notwithstanding added that neglecting and not taking care of one’s elderly mother but organizing the popular “Gbonyo party “after their demise is also an abuse.

Hon. Alexander Affenyo-Markin – Deputy Majority leader

Story by Mary Quartey – Parliamentary Correspondent

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