Oct. 1 presents the perfect opportunity to explore core issues women face as they age. It marks the 25 th anniversary of International Day of Older Persons, which the United Nations established to draw attention to the issues facing older people throughout the world and to celebrate their contributions to society.
Within 10 years, there will be a billion people 60 and older on the planet, up from about 600 million today. By 2030, there will be more people over 60 than under 10. Welcome to the brave, old world.
The global population of over-60-year-olds will reach one billion within the decade, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). In a new report, the organization warns that discrimination, abuse and violence against older adults -- and especially older women -- are still common, even in wealthy industrialized nations.
Most of us, when we go out for a run, now that spring is kicking in, we always carry a bottle with some fresh water to quench our thirst. When we get home, we may fill up the tub, if the time allows it, or just take a quick but refreshing shower to move along with your busy day. Clean water is also indispensable when cooking either lunch or dinner for the family. Regrettably, we don't fully realize that our water supply faces shortages in the short term and only by concerted actions we will be able to avert painful lifestyle changes.
Since 1975, every March 8, International Women's Day celebrates the invaluable contributions that women offer to economic growth, securing peace and social progress worldwide. The challenge this year is to "invest in rural women. Eliminate discrimination against them in law and in practice. Ensure that policies respond to their needs. Give them equal access to resources. Provide rural women with a role in decision-making," the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says.
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