Webinar Series on Older LGBTQ2 People: Ageism and Age-Based Discrimination in LGBTQ2 Communities

Posted on February 14th, 2018 by Kate MacRae under Blog

“Ageism and Age-Based Discrimination in LGBTQ2 Communities” was the latest webinar in a series created to address the inequalities of older LGBTQ2 people around the world.

The webinar “Ageism and Age-Based Discrimination in LGBTQ2 Communities” was moderated by Dr Jane Barratt, Secretary General of the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) and presented by Dr Brian de Vries (Professor, Emeritus, San Francisco State University and Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University) and Mx Kate Hazell (Specialist, Education and Training, Coordinator, The 519). The aim of the webinar was to discuss experiences of ageism and age-based discrimination within LGBTQ2 communities, as well as initiatives and programming that can be used to combat ageism and age-based discrimination.

The IFA appreciates the participation of all those interested and working towards improving the health and well-being of older LGBTQ2 people around the world. The next webinar in this series will occur in March 2018, with more details coming soon.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Ms Hannah Girdler.

Webinar Materials
Click here to access the recording for this webinar:
Click here to access Dr Brian de Vries’ slides:
Click here to access Mx Kate Hazell’s slides:

Additional Resources
Still Here, Still Queer: A Handbook for Affirming LGBTQ Older Adults

Respect Your Elders Campaign (including open-source posters)

Live from New York: The IFA at the UN in January 2018

Posted on January 15th, 2018 by Kate MacRae under Blog

IFA – Live from New York

Post by Dr Sandra Timmermann (IFA UN Representative and Editor of Live From New York).

Please contact Dr Timmermann with any questions or comments.

A Successful 2017 and a Busy 2018 Ahead

The IFA through its representatives at the United Nations (UN) in New York continues to call attention to the challenges and opportunities presented by the ageing of the global population and to advocate for policy change.

Many at the UN are unaware of the issues so familiar to those of us in the field of aging such as elder abuse and neglect, the plight of older immigrants, age discrimination in the workplace, and other human rights violations against a vulnerable group. Additionally, they often do not consider the talents, experience and “spunk” of older people who have so much to contribute to their communities and to society but are often denied recognition because of age.

The IFA UN representatives in New York are vigilant, through their participation in UN meetings and events and their interface with UN Member States, in making sure that the needs, concerns and contributions of older persons are recognized and incorporated into policy and practice.

IFA in Action at the United Nations in 2017

Advocating for the Human Rights of Older Persons

Sponsoring Important Events to Support Ageing Interests

Joining Together with Other NGOs

What’s In Store for IFA at the UN in 2018?

2018 promises to be another busy year. To kick the year off, the IFA will be well represented and participating in the 56th Session of the Commission for Social Development (January 29 – February 7). IFA is one of the NGOs selected to read a statement on the floor. The side event, Ageism—A Prejudice Against Our Future Selves is organized by the IFA in partnership with UNDESA.

IFA representatives will also be active participants at the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women (March 12 – 23), making sure that ageing issues are brought forward.

IFA will again be actively participating in the 9th session of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing (July 23 – 26) when it will be focusing on autonomy and independence; and long-term care and palliative care, in the context of its discussion on a convention to protect the rights of older persons.

We are also pleased to announce that James O’Neal has joined the UN Team. James has a wealth of experience with some 20 years with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York and Beth Abraham Health Services, providing community healthcare education and caregiving to older adults in the five boroughs of New York City and as a member and Past President of the State Society on Aging of New York. James will be chairing the 2018 International Day of Older Persons, to be held in October.

Stay tuned as we keep you informed of UN activities, programs and policies in 2018!

Perspectives on Working at the IFA

Posted on December 14th, 2017 by Kate MacRae under Blog

In 2017, the IFA was pleased to welcome Clara Castoldi, a third-year student of the Institute of Political Studies in Aix-en-Provence, France, as an intern. 

Clara had kindly agreed to provide an inside look at her experiences working with the IFA.

For 5 months I have been working at the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) as an intern. I am currently studying International Relations, History, and Political Science in France, and applied for this internship hoping to develop the skills needed to become an NGO advocate.

My internship is coming to an end, and I am glad I lived this experience. It was my first time in a professional environment, which was very challenging, especially as English is not my first language. I learned a lot about working in an international NGO and about the fight for the rights and health of older persons. There has been a shift in my perception of older adults, because I became much more aware of their contribution to society. I also gained knowledge on the way organizations interact, especially between the IFA and the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

My work at the IFA has mostly been to assist the staff with specific tasks. I particularly enjoyed writing articles for the Blog and the VoltAge newsletter, both in English and French, and leading on the IFA Twitter account which includes that on adult vaccination. The skills I acquired will be great assets in the pursuit of my studies and career.

Moreover, I loved working with everybody at the IFA. I was lucky enough to be surrounded by hard-working and interesting people, who I will miss. Discovering Toronto and North America has also been a great experience; living in such a dynamic city was very exciting.

This internship was an amazing opportunity for me to have an insight of the work of an international NGO, and it opened my mind to the challenges and opportunities of an ageing population. I am now heading to Mexico where I will be studying international relations, conflict resolution, and history of Latin America. After this enriching year I will be returning to France to finish my studies and work towards a career in a human rights-related NGO.

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