Call to recognise rights of the elderly

Principle Welfare Officer, Ministry of Woman, Dilitiana Baleinabuli (left) during the senior citizens day celebration at Makoi Vocational Centre yesterday. Picture: RAMA

THERE is a need to recognise senior citizens and their rights, says Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation principal welfare officer Dilitiana Baleinabuli.

Speaking during the Senior Citizens Week celebration at the Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre yesterday, Mrs Baleinabuli said the community needed to recognise the rights of senior citizens because some senior citizens had been victims of abuse such as emotional, physical, financial abuse and neglect.

With the theme “Celebrating older human rights champions”, Mrs Baleinabuli commended the Fiji Muslim League for hosting the event to celebrate with senior citizens.

“We also want to encourage older persons to participate, in the sense that they also teach young persons the skills and knowledge before they depart, where there are inter-generation activities, so keeping the skills alive because in this modern age, most of the time we tend to isolate older persons,” she said.

Fiji Senior Citizens Week is a week-long celebration that will end on Sunday.

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