2017 Trust Conference Action

'Older women and new technologies: Challenging ageism'

Silvia Perel-Levin, International Longevity Centre Global Alliance ILCGA, (Switzerland)

Summary

Challenging ageism and ensuring older women are included in the development of new technologies.

The Problem

Women suffer from multiple and cumulative forms of discrimination and violence throughout their entire life. Older women generally live longer than men, they are more likely than men to live alone, suffer more ill health and are less likely to have access to an income. Along with rapid ageing, technologies also develop at a furious pace. Older women find themselves outside the technological revolution that we experience. We need to challenge the prejudice that because a woman is older, she cannot learn or she does not understand technology. The inclusion of older women in the design and use of new technologies to improve their lives and combat discrimination is not a luxury, it is a human right.

The Action

Women suffer from multiple and cumulative forms of discrimination and violence throughout their entire life. Older women generally live longer than men, they are more likely than men to live alone, suffer more ill health and are less likely to have access to an income.

Along with rapid ageing, technologies also develop at a furious pace. Older women find themselves outside the technological revolution that we experience. We need to challenge the prejudice that because a woman is older, she cannot learn or she does not understand technology. The inclusion of older women in the design and use of new technologies to improve their lives and combat discrimination is not a luxury, it is a human right.

What help is needed


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