GIS – 25 June, 2018: An interactive session on the theme “Moving from Awareness to Action through a Human Rights based approach” was organised this morning at the Royal College of Curepipe by the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development (Social Security and National Solidarity Division) in the context of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2018.
Elderly people from several Senior Citizens associations, students from Royal College of Curepipe, Forest Side State Secondary School (Girls), Mauricia College, Renaissance College and the University of Mauritius, and officers of the Ministry of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development participated in the interactive session. The aim is to promote dialogue and programmes between senior citizens and students so as to raise awareness on elder abuse.
Addressing the audience on behalf of the Minister of Social Security, National Solidarity, and Environment and Sustainable Development, the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr D. Kawol, pointed out that elder abuse is a global social concern which affects millions of elder persons around the world, and hence is an issue which deserves the attention of the international community. He outlined that the chosen theme underscores the importance of engaging into actions against elder abuse which takes physical, psychological, emotional, and financial forms.
Dr Kawol underlined that Government aims at ensuring maximum protection and facilities to the elderly through various services, including income security, psycho-social support, health facilities and protection, so as to enable them to lead an active and healthy life in full enjoyment of their rights. The elderly population is constantly increasing in Mauritius as well as in other countries and the impact of ageing will be felt on several fronts. The ageing population requires all countries and stakeholders to renew and sustain their political and financial commitments to initiate actions that support the elderly, he stated.
There are 20 Elderly Watch Committees spread around the island, composed of volunteers, which operate at grassroots level to promote the welfare of the elderly in their respective regions. These Committees also identify and report cases of elder abuse. Dr Kawol informed that there are hotlines, namely 199 and 172, which are available to report cases of elder abuse. Furthermore, in a bid to support the elderly living alone, provision has been made in Budget 2018-2019 for the construction of two elderly day care centres at Bambous and Chemin Grenier.
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