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Frances Zainoeddin of Gray Panthers delivers a statement on behalf of the Stakeholder Group at the opening session of the High Level Political Forum. 

HelpAge post 2015 advocacy group has shared some pictures and the fantastic statement that Frances Zainoeddin of Gray Panthers delivered on behalf of the Stakeholder Group at the opening session of the High Level Political Forum.

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2015 Meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2015)

The third meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2015) opened on Friday, 26 June 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York.

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Frances Zainoeddin, Gray Panthers NY

Who me, ageist?


Confronting ageism means replacing those ageist stereotypes and stories with more nuanced and accurate ones. That won’t happen without a mass shift of consciousness. That shift, like all social movements, begins within each of us. 

By sharing truths, vulnerabilities, and experiences, we learn that being sidelined and feeling inadequate aren't a result of personal failings. They're a result of being discriminated against.

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Supreme Court Legalizes Gay Marriage Nationwide

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Friday that it is legal for all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, to marry the people they love.

Read the article in the Huffington Post...  

Frances Zainoeddin, Gray Panther, was interviewed following the 2015 Commemoration of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day at the United Nations.  She, and all Gray Panthers, work tremendously hard to ensure that the voices of older persons are heard; that older persons and younger persons working together can accomplish great things; that ageism and all discriminatory behaviors must be eliminated.  

Brava, Frances.  Thank you for making us more aware.

Jack Kupferman has served on the Steering Committee to select speakers for this important session at the United Nations. Please click on the link entitled Stakeholder Steering Committee.

On Wednesday, 23 April, during the joint Post-2015 and Financing for Development negotiations, United Nations Member States will engage in an interactive dialogue with stakeholders from these processes. The event will take place in Conference Room 1 at UN Headquarters from 10:00am-1:00pm, and will be web cast live on UN Web TV at

The full programme for the event can be found here

Please find below the lists of stakeholders speakers and Member State respondents. 

The speakers were selected by the April post-2015 stakeholder Steering Committee through an open, transparent, and participatory nomination process. UN-NGLS, the UN DESA Division for Sustainable Development (DESA-DSD), the DESA Financing for Development Office provided collaborative support to this process.

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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.

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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.

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