Ageing

Women, ageing and health: a framework for action

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Author: 
World Health Organization
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World Health Organization
Publication Date: 
January 2007
Publication Place: 
Geneva, Switzerland

This framework for action addresses the health status and factors that influence women's health at midlife and older ages with a focus on gender. It provides guidance on how policy-makers, practitioners, nongovernmental organizations and civil society can improve the health and well-being of ageing women by simultaneously applying both a gender and an ageing lens in their policies, programmes and practices, as well as in research.

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ISBN 9789241563529

Ageing, discrimination and older women's human rights: from the perspectives of CEDAW convention

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Ferdous Ara Begum
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UN CEDAW Committee

Population ageing is a global phenomenon due to improvements in basic health care and living standards as well as declines in fertility rates and rising longevity. Both men and women face discrimination due to old age, but women experience ageing differently. Gender relations structure the entire life cycle, from birth to old age, influencing access to resources and opportunities and shaping life choices at every stage. Good health, economic security and adequate housing are essential requirements of ageing with dignity, but older women in both developed and developing countries face difficulties in accessing these on a basis of equality with men.

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