June 15, many countries around the world celebrated the
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. The date was established in 2006 by
INPEA - International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, in partnership with the
UN (United Nations) and WHO (World Health Organization).
Celebrations around the world
President Barack Obama (pictured) signed a presidential proclamation formalizing the date in his country. Read below excerpt of his statement (see full text in 'more about it' below):
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, 2014
“America must lead by example, and my Administration remains dedicated to ending elder abuse, supporting victims, and holding abusers accountable (...). Today, let us join with partners around the globe in declaring that we will not fail the men and women who raised us, sacrificed for us, and shaped our world (...). Now, therefore, I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 15, 2014, as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (...)”
Barack Obama (June 11, 2014)
The mayor of Vancouver (British Columbia), Gregor Robertson, lit up the city's football stadium, with a capacity of over 30 thousand people, with violet lights, commemorating the date.
The head of government of Buenos Aires, Mauricio Macri took the time to launch a telephone service for reporting abuse against the elderly and inaugurated the first house to house elderly victims of violence.
Portal Terceira Idade (Third Age Portal) and hundreds of international organizations defending the rights of the elderly participated in the celebrations via a global campaign organized by
INPEA through websites Twitter and Facebook.
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