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Statement of Gray Panthers for the Sixth Session of the Open Ended Working Group on Ageing

Statement of Gray Panthers NYC Network, authored by Gray Panthers Summer Interns to the Sixth Session of the Open Ended Working Group on Ageing at the United Nations Headquarters New York, taking place July 14-16, 2015. 

We are honored to speak on behalf of the five Gray Panthers interns, and to share our perspective about aging with you.

Florence Shen, Colgate University
Brendan Birth, Dickinson College
Mallory Shaner, Colgate University
Scott Levinson, Colgate University
Jason Magaziner, Carleton College

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Jack Kupferman of Gray Panthers delivers a statement about ageism at the opening session of the High Level Political Forum. 

Ageism is still a generally unrecognized discrimination. Older persons are among the most invisible and least included. While great strides have been made to ensure inclusion of the current 830 million older persons into the sustainable development agenda, the HLPF must monitor its implementation to ensure that older persons are not left behind.

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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

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Jack Kupferman, Gray Panthers NY, second from left;
Reinforcing Major Groups and other stakeholders' participation

Brooklyn’s Oldest Person Is Also the World’s Oldest Person


Gray Panthers is proud that the world's oldest person is a New Yorker.  Longevity and good health for all.

Once again, the world has a new oldest person: Brooklyn's Susannah Mushatt Jones, who turned 116 on Monday. Technically, she received the title when her predecessor died on June 17, but it's nice to have a round number.

Unlike the vast majority of humans, Jones has lived in three different centuries, having been born just five months after the end of the Spanish American War.

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Who me, ageist?

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.

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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