Older Women in Crises: Invisible among the most vulnerable, 14 July 2022

This virtual event takes place on the margins of the 2022 HLPF, held under the auspices of ECOSOC. The theme of the HLPF in 2022 is Building back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. As Member States discuss sustainable and resilient measures to building an inclusive and effective path for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, this side event will specifically address SDG 5 on Gender Equality.

In this context, this event aims to explore the experiences of older women in emergencies, be due to climate change or conflict, which are often overlooked by humanitarian actors, with negative consequences for the wellbeing of older women, their families and their communities.

Bringing examples from recent crises, this event will seek to explore the multiple and intersecting forms of discriminations faced by older women in emergencies and put forward ideas on how to address such challenges and ensure that their needs are met.

Sponsored by the Stakeholder Group on Ageing (SGA) and co-sponsored by the UN Programme on Ageing (UN DESA), UN Women and the Special Procedures Office of the Independent Expert on the Rights of Older Persons, the event will consist of a moderator-driven, interactive panel discussion among high level speakers.

Participants will have the opportunity to raise questions and share comments on the specific interventions made by panelists or to the theme of the event.

Date: 14 July 2022

Time: 7.30am-9.00am EST

  • Opening and welcome:
    • Erica Dhar, Co-Chair, Stakeholder Group on Ageing
  • Interactive panel:
    • Rosemary Kalapurakal, Deputy Director, UN Development Coordination Office, UN Development Coordination Office (Moderator)
    • Lefhoko Kesamang, Senior Social Welfare Officer, African Union Commission (Panellist)
    • Claudia Mahler, Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons (Panellist)
    • Papa Seck, Chief of Research and Data Section, UN Women (Panellist)
    • Galina Poliakakova, Turbota pro Litnih v Ukrani (Respondent)
  • Final thoughts:
    • Dorothy Estrada-Tanck, Working Group on discrimination against women and girls



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