Older women around the world are underpaid and undervalued, even though they are vital to their families and communities. Ahead of the launch of its new report “Older Women: the hidden workforce”, Age International is asking colleagues from across the Age UK Network to support a petition demanding the UK Government do more for older women in low and middle-income countries. Before we launch the petition publicly on 1 October 2021, we would like to collect as many signatures as possible to show that this is an issue that matters and would be very grateful for your support.
Launching at the beginning of October, “Older Women: the hidden workforce” highlights the barriers older women face in low and middle-income countries to accessing their rights – including decent work and income security – due to ageism, sexism and power structures in their local communities and wider society.
At the same time, the UK Government is in the process of deciding a new International Development Strategy that will guide its work until 2030. Whilst the Government has recognised in the past the contributions and needs of older people and committed itself to including them in its international work, there is a risk that the new strategy will overlook older people, and fail to take into account how gender inequality continues and compounds in older age.
This is why we have launched a Parliamentary Petition asking the UK Government to include older women in its new International Development Strategy. We want to show the Government at this critical moment that there is public support for the Government to do more to help older people in low and middle-income countries and address the specific barriers older women experience.
If we get more than 10,000 signatures, the Government will formally respond to the petition. If we collect more than 100,000 the issue will be considered for debate in Parliament. This would be a milestone for Parliament’s and the UK Government’s recognition of the rights and needs of older women and men globally.
Before we launch the petition publicly on 1 October 2021, we would like to collect as many signatures as possible to show that this is an issue that matters.
Please share this petition with friends, family, colleagues and other organisations so we can demonstrate to the Government how much support there is for helping older people in poorer parts of the world. Thank you for your help.
You can read more about Age International’s work on older women’s rights on our website.