THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF OLDER PERSONS IN TIMES OF CORONA

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The Zulat Institute for Equality and Human Rights is hereby publishing a report compiled in July-August 2020 by a team of multidisciplinary experts led by Dr. Carmel Shalev, which for the first time formulates a holistic approach to the plight of older persons during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Zulat Institute for Equality and Human Rights is hereby publishing a report compiled in July-August 2020 by a team of multidisciplinary experts led by Dr. Carmel Shalev, which for the first time formulates a holistic approach to the plight of older persons during the coronavirus pandemic.

Through this report, we aim to introduce into the public and media discourse the importance of viewing older persons according to relevant criteria such as underlying conditions, disabilities, fragility, and dependence on others in day-to-day activities.

In this report we unequivocally affirm that imposing special restrictions on individuals and groups solely because of their chronological age violates the human right to human dignity and equality and constitutes ageist discrimination forbidden by law. Furthermore, the government must take active steps to ensure that social and cultural solutions are found for older persons, particularly the 97% living in the community rather than in institutions.

The report includes 32 operational recommendations on a wide range of issues, including solutions to the systemic failures that created the unstable foundation upon which governmental and social support for older persons rests.



To read the full report, click here

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Dr. Maha Sabbah Karkabi

 

Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Tel Aviv University (2015), a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London (2015-2016), a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Sociology at Tel Aviv University (2016-2017), and a postdoctoral fellowship Ph.D. at the Humphrey Institute for Social Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (2018-2020).
Dr. Maha Karbahi’s areas of interest focus on the connection between social change, family behavior, and gender inequality in societies in the process of change and specifically in Palestinian Arab society in Israel. Her research draws attention to the study of family life and employment, using a combined “ethnic lens” and “gender lens” and paying attention to the perspective of Palestinian Arab women, a group characterized by intersections between multiple marginal locations, which over the years has remained hidden from the research eye. Dr. Karkabi-Sabah’s research is published in professional journals and chapters in scientific books that are considered pioneers in family research, work, and gender equality.

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Prof. Frances Raday

Professor Emeritus in the Lieberman Chair in Labor Law, in the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University and serves as a full professor in the College of Management’s academic track, where she also serves as chair of the graduate program and as honorary president of the Concord Center for International Law Absorption. Radai was a member of a working group of the UN Human Rights Council on discrimination against women. In addition, she is a prominent and feminist human rights activist.

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Dr. Rawia Aburabia 

Dr. Rawia Aburabia is a post-doctoral fellow at the Faculty of Law and the Women and Gender Studies program at Tel Aviv University. She completed her MA in international law at the American University in Washington DC, and holds a PhD from Hebrew University. Aburabia has vast experience in international law and human rights, appearing before bodies such as the UN, and serving on the Board of Directors of Amnesty International. She has published numerous articles in professional journals and is the author of the book “Ongoing Legal Exclusion: Palestinian Bedouin Women in Polygamous Marriages in Israel.” Globes newspaper named her one of the 40 most promising young Israelis.

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Ron Kessler

With over two decades of experience in the field of digital content, Ron has participated in numerous political and social campaigns. He helped run the digital activity of senior public officials, and worked in various NGOs. Ron is a fundamentally optimistic man, who believes that Israel can be changed and so can people. Lives in Tel Aviv.