London’s Green MEP Jean Lambert spoke up for the Capital’s older generation last night when she launched the Mayor of London’s Older People’s strategy, ‘Valuing Older People’, in the European Parliament.
The strategy aims to challenge the discrimination and negative perceptions of older people and to empower London’s diverse groups of older people to fully make use of the opportunities offered by the city.
Entelechy Arts, a theatre group of older Londoners, based in Southwark, performed a short play ‘City tales’ at the launch, challenging such negative perceptions. Speaking after the event Jean, who is co President of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Ageing, said; “The play we saw this evening really highlighted and brought to life a number of issues facing older women across London and the rest of Europe today. The performance was well received by the Parliament and evoked interest from a number of EU Member States.
“Everyone is entitled to fair treatment and equal rights regardless of their age yet older women are all too often discriminated against. Many older women care for their grandchildren and other relatives on a daily basis as well as campaigning for fair treatment and they should receive recognition for this.
“The launch of the Mayor of London’s Older Peoples Strategy brings together the EU’s Week of Regions and we now look forward to the launch of the EU Commissions report on demographic change.”