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March 2020

Special Briefing

Older women have built Generation Equality - and claim equality across generations!

Under the motto ‘I am Generation Equality’, this years’ International Women’s Day marks the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Beijing Declaration on Women’s Rights and Platform of Action. Despite being a core principle of the European Union, equality between men and women is not yet a reality in Europe. With inequalities accumulating as women grow older. While the European Commission has just unveiled its EU Gender Equality Strategy for the next 5 years, we claim gender equality for ALL generations of women! 

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A new Roadmap for Combating Social Exclusion in Later Life 

Targeting policy makers at all levels, the 'Roadmap for Future Research and Policy Collaboration' was launched at a well-attended event in Brussels, marking the end of the four-year collaboration programme between 120 researchers and practitioners from 39 countries. 
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#OneVoiceOneCause for victims' rights across Europe 

Together with NGO partners, including AGE Platform Europe, Victim Support Europe seized the momentum of the European Day for Victims of Crime on 22 February to launch the 6-day awareness-raising campaign and action week ‘One Voice One Cause’ calling to reinforce victims' rights in Europe. 
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NGO representatives meet Commission Vice-President Jourová to strengthen cooperation 

Part of the Social Platform’s delegation, our Policy Director, Maciej Kucharczyk, met Věra Jourová, European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency on 31 January 2020. The objective of the meeting was to discuss Commission’s work priorities for 2020 and the long-term cooperation with civil society organisations. Read more
    AGE Members' News 
UDP launches training platform for senior citizens' associations
The AGE Spanish member organisation Unión Democrática de Pensionistas (UDP) is organizing throughout 2020 free, face-to-face training sessions for older people who are responsible for the day-to-day management of organisations or associations. Read more
Belgian resolution supports an international convention on the human rights of older persons 
How do we continue to fully guarantee human rights as people age? This question is currently before the Belgian federal parliament and backed up by AGE member organisation the Vlaamse Ouderenraad.
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Europe’s digital future: the European Commission unveils ambitious plan
“I want Europe to strive for more by grasping the opportunities from the digital age within safe and ethical boundaries”, stated Ursula von der Leyen when she was candidate for President of the European Commission. Less than three months after she took office, the new digital package released by the European Commission is the translation of this commitment. 
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EU discusses how to best protect EU citizens against coronavirus Covid-19
As COVID-19 continues to spread in many European countries, the EU's Health Ministers and Heads of State met on 6 and 10 March to discuss measures taken at national and European level and how to join forces to best respond to the outbreak. 
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Overview of FRAs impact on Europe over the last 13 years reveals need for better bridging research & policy
13 years after its creation and 10 years after the EU’s Fundamental Rights Charter entered into force, the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) looks at its impact on the human rights landscape of Europe. The report combines a legal and social science approach, in line with FRA’s working methodology. 
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Good Practices
Old tyres Rubber pavements to prevent falls under test in Sweden 
In the Swedish cities of Lund and Helsingborg, an EU-funded trial has started on a new environment-friendly rubber material made from recycled tyres that could be used to prevent injuries to cyclists and pedestrians. Read more
The Magical Bridge: a playground for everyone, no matter your age or ability
The Magical Bridge Playground opened in 2015 in California as the most accessible playground in the country, specially adapted to all abilities and all ages. Read more
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Ageism in culturally diverse communities - study report  
Awareness and experience of ageism can vary significantly and there are many factors that influence it. The Australian campaign and advocacy movement against ageism EveryAge Counts has published a report which looks at how ageism plays out for people from diverse cultural and linguistical groups. Read more
Never too late: Prevention in an ageing world 
Following a year-long programme engaging policymakers and thought leaders across the world on 'Prevention in an ageing world', this report explores how health care systems can better prevent ill health across people’s lives. 
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New call:
Calls for proposals are available on AGE website at:
  Did you know that...? 

For three years, two young French filmmakers went on an 'Oldyssey' journey to meet older people throughout the world and give them a voice. They collected dozens of video testimonies on their passions, social engagement and role in society in European, African, American and Asian countries.
Read more in this article
AGE work is supported by grants of the European Commission. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of AGE Platform Europe and cannot be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.

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