(MENAFN- The Peninsula) QNA
Doha: The State of Qatar, represented by the Centre for Empowerment and Care of the Elderly (Ehsan), marked the International Day for Older Persons, yesterday.
This year, the United Nations has chosen“Resilience of Older Persons in a Changing World” as the slogan of the celebration, a reminder of the important role played by older women in overcoming global challenges and contributing to their solutions with flexibility and steadfastness.
In this context, the Centre for Empowerment and Care of the Elderly (Ehsan) organised an awareness seminar entitled,“Empowerment and Leadership”, where the centre discussed the importance of empowering older women and indicated their contribution in various fields and the opportunities available to them to continue their participation and contributions in various fields, highlighted their contribution to the daycare programmes provided by Ehsan centre, and presented real experiences of their contributions in various fields.
The centre organised an awareness campaign through social networking sites that emphasised and highlighted its role towards empowering older women in society, and several events were held in daycare clubs in cooperation with a number of state institutions.
Qatar has stressed the vital and important role played by women in general, and older women in particular, in society and the family, by strengthening cohesion and solidarity between generations, preserving societal values and legacies, and contributing to development and economic progress.
Qatar has worked through a package of legislative and institutional measures to ensure access of older people, especially women, to social services, taking into account their special needs.
The Qatari Constitution has guaranteed the protection of older people and called in Article 21 to preserve and care for older persons in order to protect the family and society, at the same time the relevant legislations have worked to promote the rights of older people, with regard to social security, housing and work.
Qatar has been keen on promoting and protecting the human rights of women, especially the elderly, and providing all kinds of support to them so that they can effectively pay attention to their issues in the framework of national development programmes, building their capacities and providing them with full opportunity to contribute effectively to the comprehensive renaissance taking place in the country.
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