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Essentials

  • The ACUNS Vienna Liaison Office is hosting a symposium on ‘Violence Against Elderly Women’
  • 24 November 2017, Vienna International Center (VIC), Conference Room C2, 13:00–17:00
  • R.S.V.P.—individuals who do not have a UN Grounds Pass must email [email protected] no later than 17th November with the following information: Title, First Name, Last Name, Date of Birth, Type of ID, ID Number, Issuing Country, Affiliation
  • More details: download the Event Flyer or download the Concept Note

Summary
Symposium focus
The symposium in Vienna, Austria, on November 24th, 2017, will bring together stakeholders such as international organizations, Member States, academia, civil society, including women’s organizations, to highlight the extreme violence against older women and stress the political and social responsibilities to combat these criminal acts.

Key objectives
•Identify and discuss the extreme forms of violence against older women throughout theworld;
•Focus on crimes against elderly women; such crimes can range from the horrific (Sati-theburning of widows) to dislodging the widow from the family home (into a home for theelderly), physical isolation, verbal abuse and gradual impoverishment and dependence.
•Discuss the role of the criminal justice system, but acknowledge its limitations to preventand tackle this form of violence. The criminal justice system can do only so much toprevent the mistreatment of elderly widows. Much depends on religious, cultural,community, and personal values held toward widows;
•Look at the manifestations of violence against elderly women encountered in differentregions, in developed as well as developing countries;
•Identify programmes of action for national governments, international organizations andcivil society to tackle crimes against elderly women.

Symposium format
The symposium will consist of 2 plenary sessions in a panel format where progress, good practices, gaps and new approaches will be shared by the panel members, followed by an open discussion. Registration to the symposium is open to government representatives, NGO activists, academics as well as experts from international organizations. Page