Today marks the 100th celebration of International Women’s Day.  Unfortunately, despite the many achievements that women have seen over the last century, not all women have equal access to education, inheritance, marriage rights and to opportunities to improve their livelihoods and rights as men.  Regretfully, this inequality is even more marked among older women.   Here are a few key facts to keep in mind:

  • In 2005, there were 83 men for every 100 women over 60 worldwide. Older women thus outnumber older men.
  • Nearly two-thirds of people over 80 are women.
  • Older women are the caretakers of the sick and the dying, often without any other kind of support.
  • Older women have some of the world’s lowest literacy rates.
  • Women live longer than men, but live more years in ill-health.

Follow the link below and take a few minutes to watch the video statement by Fmr. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, who currently serves as Executive Director for UN Women.  The statement was given just a few weeks ago when Ms. Bachelet served as the keynote speaker at United Nations meeting organized with the support of the NGO Committee of Ageing, of which IAHSA is a member, and highlights some of the steps that the United Nations and other organization can do to better the lives of older women.  Of course, we always look forward to reading your thoughts.International Women's Day

Video Statement by Michelle Bachelet

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