MEDIA ADVISORY: Older Women Count! Advocating for Human Rights in Africa, Canada and the World

Posted on Friday, December 2, 2016


The University of Ottawa invites members of the media to attend a forum entitled Older Women Count! Advocating for Human Rights in Africa, Canada and the World. In partnership with national advocacy organizations, the event aims to raise awareness of the barriers confronting older women in sub-Saharan Africa and in Canada.

WHAT: A one-day interactive forum to explore age and gender bias and the possibility of an international treaty to protect older persons’ human rights

WHEN: December 5, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE:  Desmarais Building, Room 12151 (55 Laurier Avenue East | map)


  • The Honourable Patricia A. Hajdu, Minister of Status of Women
  • Martine Lagacé, Vice-Dean Governance and Secretary, Faculty of Arts
  • Caroline Andrew, Director of the Centre on Governance, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Gordon DiGiacomo, School of Political Studies professor, Faculty of Social Sciences


A group of University of Ottawa delegates will attend the working session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing at the United Nations in New York on December 14.

The event aims to bring together experts in the areas of ageism as well as senior officials and delegates from member states to discuss the impact of ageism and of a possible convention on the rights of older people. The speakers will address the following:

  • Martine Lagacé, Faculty of Arts: ageism and work
  • Linda Garcia, Faculty of Health Sciences: ageism and health care
  • Kiran Rabheru, Faculty of Medicine: ageism in hospitals
  • Gordon DiGiacomo, Faculty of Social Sciences: the merits of a convention on the human rights of older people
  • Hélène Perreault, Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences: closing remarks

Media inquiries

Sarah Foster
Media Relations Officer
University of Ottawa

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