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Kenya marks first world elder abuse awareness day

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Written by MyGov

Ambassador Raychelle Omamo, the Acting Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Services (MOLSSS),today  joins older persons during celebrations to mark the inaugural World Elder Abuse Awareness Day in Kenya. The Day, which was designated by the UN General Assembly in December 2011 and observed annually every June 15 by UN member countries, recognises and addresses the problem of elderly abuse in society.

Mistreatment and disrespect towards elders within families and in the society has been on the rise, not only in Kenya but also globally. The day thus provides a suitable platform for government, media, the private sector, academia, and all relevant stakeholders to understand the challenges and opportunities presented by an aging population.

Activities to mark the day began with a procession from Vigilance House at 8.00am which were be flagged off by Ms Lydia Muriuki, Secretary Social Development MOLSSS. Presentations on elder abuse and speeches will thereafter take place at Lenana Hall, Kenyatta International Convention Centre at 10.00am where CS Omamo will deliver a key-note address.

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