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#OLDLIVESMATTER | We fight against ageism

#OLDLIVESMATTER | We fight against ageism

On May 25, the entire world was shocked by the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man who died of suffocation when an officer put his knee on his neck for several minutes during an arrest in Minneapolis. Millions of people mobilized around the world to fight racism towards Black people and police violence through the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.

Four months later, in a context of a global pandemic due to COVID-19 and the 20th Anniversary of the elderly's rights in the European Charter, 43 organizations from 29 countries have joined forces with the Hashtag #OldLivesMatter to fight against ageism and age discrimination. The objective of this campaign is to raise awareness among citizens, media, and institutions aboutrespect for older people.

Sisters saying goodbye
Photo by Matthew Henry / Unsplash

AGEISM IS THE MOST COMMON AND BANAL DISCRIMINATION

Ageism...

It's these never-ending ads for wrinkle creams that stigmatize aging. It's the perpetual denigration of the elderly for their technological ineptitude. It's the word "retirement" that sounds like a rejection from society and the cult of youth thatdemonizes the old age.Age discrimination is the most widespread, usual, and universal intolerance (the only one that can't be punished by the law).

Most people are unaware of the stereotypes they unconsciously have about the elderly, but that can slowly destroy them: a study has shown that people exposed to the negative behavior of aging live an average of 7.5 years less than others.We're talking about an insidious form of discrimination that threatens our society: the exclusion of the elderly from the labor field is an unacceptable tragedy and contrary to dignity.

Here's a video showing a case of ageism within the work context, created by Jean-Paul Lilienfeld.

In 2050, there'll be 2 billion people aged over 60 in the world:

Society can take advantage of this aging population if we all age in better health. But for that, we must eliminate the stereotypes regarding aging, explains Professor Olivier Guérin.

From Safe365, we join and support the international #OLDLIVESMATTER campaign. Do you join?