C.18 - Quality aging

C.18 - Quality aging
Formulate policies with a gender perspective to ensure a good quality of life in old age, not only for urban dwellers, but also for those who live in rural and forest areas.
Priority measure number


This measure relates to priority measure 20: “Design policies at the national, federal and local levels to guarantee quality of life, the development of potential and the full participation of older persons, taking account of the need for intellectual, emotional and physical interaction and the different situation of men and women, with emphasis on the groups that are most susceptible to discrimination, such as older persons with disabilities, those without economic resources or pension coverage, or those who live alone or lack a support network.” It is also linked, more generally, to chapter E of the Montevideo Consensus on Population and Development, which deals with aspects of gender equality.

Related instruments, forums and mechanisms

The mainstreaming of the gender perspective in policies pertaining to older persons is addressed in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (1979) (United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1249, page 13), which entered into force on 3 September 1981; the Proclamation on Ageing, adopted in General Assembly resolution 47/5, of 16 October 1992; General Assembly resolution 57/117, “The situation of older women in society”, of 18 December 2002; the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing and the Political Declaration adopted at the World Assembly on Ageing (Madrid, 8-12 April 2002).

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women also addresses the topic in decision 26/III, on ending discrimination against older women through the Convention (A./57/38, part I), of 5 July 2002, and general recommendation No. 27 on older women and protection of their human rights (CEDAW/C/GC/27), of 16 December 2010.

Several targets of the Sustainable Development Goals also complement this measure: target 6.2 (“By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all, and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations”); target 11.2 (“By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons”); and target 11.7 (“By 2030, provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible green and public spaces, particularly for women and children, older persons and persons with disabilities”).

C. Ageing and social protection