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March for Gender Equality and Women's Rights, especially Older Women - March 8, 2015

A march for Gender Equality and Women's Rights was held on Sunday, 8 March 2015, one of the events being organized during the meeting of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (9-20 March 2015).  It was the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. Gray Panthers thanks all who marched and supported this important cause and invites you to view a video about the UN Women's Conference in Beijing, 1995, linked above.


Gray Panthers and US Department of Labor working on Older Women in the Workplace  

Recently, the US Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau in New York reached out to Gray Panthers to identify the issues older women workers face in the workplace, and to jointly create effective mechanisms to identify and confront the ageism that older women face. 

As the lead non-profit partner in this initiative, Gray Panthers NYC Network invited several enthusiastic, knowledgeable and creative experts and organizations to bring the brainstorming aspect of our work together with the US Department of Labor.  On February 25, 2015, our wide-ranging and fruitful discussion began. It was a great start to this very important and under examined area.  In fact, we were able to use the recently completed Gray Panthers Awareness Survey that identified some of the areas of concerns to older persons facing workplace discrimination.  Our conversation will continue.  This initiative is an exciting one.  Included is the set of notes of the meeting developed by our contact at the Department of Labor.  Also of interest, the Women’s Bureau just released an issue brief on Older Women and Economic Security (see links, below). 

Older Worker discussion summary
Older Women Issue Brief


Making patient safety a priority and protecting patients' rights. [UPDATED]

As the current session of Congress is underway, Gray Panthers, NYC Network, is proud to support efforts to assure patient safety and patient rights for older persons and for all. Thirty (30) organizations signed on to the letter to New York's Congressional Delegation, urging them to make patient safety a priority and to protect patients' rights.  It's an impressive list of excellent, respected organizations!

A letter with an individual salutation was sent to each member of our Delegation (in both the Senate and the House).  

An example of the one that was sent to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

UPDATE: Here is the final letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo on the need to maintain the NY Physician Profile website/reporting program -- endorsed by Gray Panthers, New York City Network, along with 15 other members of the coalition, listed below.

Letter to Governor Cuomo

Bronx Independent Living Services
Brooklyn Center for Independence of the Disabled Center for Justice & Democracy
Center for Medical Consumers
Citizen Action of New York
Commission on the Public’s Health System Consumers Union
Disabilities Network of New York City
Disabled In Action of Metropolitan New York Empire State Consumer Project
Gray Panthers, New York City Network
Harlem Consumer Education Council
New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) New York Statewide Senior Action Council
New Yorkers for Patient & Family Empowerment PULSE of New York


Gray Panthers Awareness Survey Results – January 2015

Gray Panthers, NYC Network is pleased to report on findings from the January 2015 online survey seeking information on the public’s awareness of Gray Panthers and the issues it supports.  The purpose of this survey was to better understand the public’s perception and dreams for Gray Panthers and to informally identify issues of potential concern and interest.  149 people responded. 

Download Survey Report here...

Respectfully submitted, 
Jack Kupferman, Convener, Gray Panthers, NYC Network


The Liberation of Growing Old

www.nytimes.com/2015/01/04/opinion/sunday/the-liberation-of-growing-old.html

LONDON — WHY do we have such punitive attitudes toward old people? Granted, the ancients did hideous things to elders who were unable to work but still needed food and care, but in more recent times, that had changed: In 18th-century New England, it was common for people to make themselves seem older by adding years to their real age, rather than subtracting them.

Once upon a time, “senile” just meant old, without being pejorative. Even “geriatric” was originally a value-free term, rather than part of the lexicon of contempt toward old people.

Yet today, the language used to describe the changing age composition of the population is little short of apocalyptic. We’re told that the “graying of America” is an “agequake” or a “demographic time bomb.”

Anne Karpf is a British-based journalist and sociologist, and the author of “How to Age.” 
Photo Credit Ed Kashi/VII Photo 

Read complete article here...


Helen Hamlin, at the UNITED NATIONS in New York.

Helen Hamlin at the UN in New York.

Sustainable development goals for all ages .  .  . dare we dream?

Although the Chief Executive Officer of HelpAge International wrote this blog, it is essential to note that Gray Panthers, through the efforts of Jack Kupferman, Frances Zainoeddin, Caroline Bernal Silva and Lobi Redhawk, is one of the core advocacy groups leading the Stakeholder Group of the Ageing Community for the post-2015 Global Development Agenda. The Gray Panthers delegation on this initiative, led by Jack Kupferman, has been a key player at every stage of advocacy.  There has been enormous progress. Yet, the end is not in sight. 

Read More Here ...


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Do you want to get involved? Work with us at Gray Panthers, Age and Youth in Action toward a world closer to our ideals. 917 535 0457.

Jack Kupferman 
Co-Convener 
Gray Panthers, NYC Network
Tel: (917) 535 0457; email: jkupferman@aol.com

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