ELDERLY RIGHTS AND ADVOCACY

With the rapid growth of the elderly population in Nigeria, it is more important than ever to advocate for the rights of the aged.

Elderly people are often vulnerable to abuse, neglect, and discrimination. They may also face challenges accessing healthcare, housing, and other essential services.
There are a number of laws in Nigeria that are designed to protect the rights of the elderly. However, these laws are often not enforced. This is why it is so important for us as individuals and organizations to advocate for the elderly.

• The National Human Rights Commission Act (1995) prohibits discrimination on the basis of age.
• The National Policy on Older Persons (2005) guarantees the elderly the right to life, security of person, freedom from torture, inhuman or degrading treatment, and freedom from exploitation.
• The Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act (2015) prohibits violence against all persons, including the elderly.
These are just a few of the laws designed to protect the rights of the elderly in Nigeria. However, more needs to be done to ensure that these laws are enforced. We can all play a vital role in advocating for the elderly and ensuring that their rights are protected.

Advocacy for the elderly can take many forms, such as;
• Raising awareness of the challenges they face
• Lobbying for changes to laws and policies
• Providing support to the elderly who have been abused or neglected
• Volunteer your time to help the elderly
By advocating for the elderly population, we are helping to make a difference in their lives.

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