October 1, 2021: the International Day of Older Persons

Lisa C. Seniors, Settlement & Community News, Updates

On 14 December 1990, the United Nations General Assembly designated October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons.

The 2021 theme “Digital Equity for All Ages” affirms the need for access and meaningful participation in the digital world by older persons.

Recent reports by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) indicate that women and older persons experience digital inequity to a greater extent than other groups in society. The digital divide still persists between more and less connected countries, communities, and people.

Objectives of the International Day of Older Persons 2021:

  • To bring awareness of the importance of digital inclusion of older persons, while tackling stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination associated with digitalization, taking into account sociocultural norms and the right to autonomy.
  • To highlight policies to leverage digital technologies for full achievement of the sustainable development goals (SDGs).
  • To address public and private interests, in the areas of availability, connectivity, design, affordability, capacity building, infrastructure, and innovation.
  • To explore the role of policies and legal frameworks to ensure privacy and safety of older persons in the digital world.
  • To highlight the need for a legally binding instrument on the rights of older persons and an intersectional person-centered human rights approach for a society for all ages.

More information: https://www.un.org/en/observances/older-persons-day

Word of the Day:

Divide: a wide gap between two groups that causes tension or hostility