Workshop on promoting the socio-economic rights of older persons

The Community Law Centre organised a workshop on 22 February 2011 in Cape Town on promoting the socio-economic rights of older persons in South Africa, with specific focus on housing, social security, food and health.

The workshop brought together representatives from civil society organisations,academia, research institutions as well as state institutions, government departments and provincial parliament (Western Cape).

The aims of the workshop were:

  • Raise awareness of the socio-economic rights of older-persons;
  • Provide a forum for engaging on the challenges older persons face in enjoying their socio-economic rights and how these could be addressed;
  • Explore opportunities for ensuring that the rights of older persons are promoted and protected;
  • Provide an opportunity for evaluation of the extent to which the government considers the needs of older persons when working towards meeting the MDGs;
  • Strengthen networks of experts and practitioners working towards promoting the rights of older persons.

The workshop programme can be accessed here.

For the workshop report, click here

The presentations made at the seminar as well as a summary of the key challenges identified are available here

The presentations will also be published in the first issue of the ESR Review for 2011. The ESR Review is a quarterly publication of the Community Law Centre, and can be accessed here

For a media briefing on the workshop, click here

For a media statement issued following the workshop, click here

Read the background note to the workshop here

For resources on the socio-economic rights of older persons, click here

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