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   Association for Emancipation, Solidarity and Equality of Women.

Social Isolation & Loneliness Among Older People - Older Women

High-quality social connections are essential to our mental and physical health and our well-being. Social isolation and loneliness are important, yet neglected, social determinants of the health of older people

Social isolation and loneliness are widespread, with some countries reporting that up to one in three older people feel lonely. A large body of research shows that social isolation and loneliness have a serious impact on older people’s physical and mental health, quality of life, and their longevity. The effect of social isolation and loneliness on mortality is comparable to that of other well-established risk factors such as smoking, obesity, and physical inactivity.

A wide variety of face-to-face or digital interventions have been developed to reduce social isolation and loneliness among older people. These include social skills training, community and support groups, befriending, and cognitive behavioural therapy. Creating more age-friendly communities, by improving access to transportation, information and communication technologies and the built environment, can also help reduce social isolation and loneliness. Laws and policies that address marginalisation and discrimination can also foster greater social connection.

Social isolation and loneliness are increasingly being recognised as a priority public health problem and policy issue for older people. During the course of the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing (2021-2030), the Demographic Change and Healthy Ageing Unit will be addressing social isolation and loneliness as one of the themes that cuts across the four main action areas of the Decade.

Source: WUNRN – 09.09.2021


COVID-19: The Turning Point For Pervasive Gender Inequalities & Profound Complex Consequences

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The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have gone far beyond the disease itself. In addition to the increasing number of COVID-19 deaths, the pandemic has deepened social and economic inequalities.

July 16, 2021 –  These indirect impacts have been compounded by pervasive gender inequalities, with profound consequences, especially for women, girls, and people of diverse gender identities.

There has been an escalation in gender-based violence within households,  increasing risk of child marriages and female genital mutilation,and an increased burden of unpaid care work,  with impacts on mental health.

Communities of people affected by HIV are, again, at the crossroads of injustice and targeted discrimination.


Close the Crisis Gap on Contraception for Women in Crisis Settings

A woman receives health counseling at a women's center in Balukhali camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh. Photo by: Allison Joyce / UN Women / CC BY-NC-ND

By Sarah Rich

14 June 2021 - We know the facts. Contraception saves lives. Access to contraception also allows women and adolescent girls agency over their reproductive decisions. And we know that even in the most challenging of circumstances — such as during crises and conflicts — the right to reproductive self-determination is as true for refugees and other displaced people as it is for women everywhere. 

For women and girls affected by crises like conflict and natural disasters, the need for contraceptive access is particularly acute. They face an increased risk of unintended pregnancy, maternal death and disability, and sexual violence.  

This isn’t new information, though. Since the 2017 London Summit on Family Planning — and even before then — there has been no shortage of evidence and advocacy demonstrating both need and demand for sexual and reproductive health, or SRH, services in humanitarian settings.



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