Rights For The Aged - Need Of The Hour
* The Background
A massive change has taken place over the past several decades in the demographic area of human population : AGE. In the earlier times high birth rates were partnered by high death rates. Historically, the majority of people on the planet at one time have been aged somewhere in the middle of the then-current age range or have tended to be younger than the median age. However, due to the trend of lower birth rates and lower death rates, according to the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, one out of every ten people on the planet is now 60 years of age or older. If the current trend of lowering birth rates and lowering death rates continues, by the year 2050 one out of five people will be aged 60 years or older and by 2150, one out of every three people will be aged 60 years or older. Additionally, the oldest old are the most rapidly expanding segment of the elderly population. Currently, the oldest old make up 11 percent of the 60+ age group and will grow to 19 percent by 2050.
* A Little Story
The other day Mrs. Khanna went to a general store in order to get some things for her house. Now before getting know what happened next, here is a little background check about Mrs. Khanna, who she is, what does she do and so on. Mrs. Khanna is a 70 year old woman, who lives by the lane in a busy Indian city. She lives alone because her husband died a few years back while battling a cardiac arrest. She has two sons who are settled abroad. Coming to the present now, Mrs. Khanna was waiting in the queue in the said store, for her turn to come at the billing counter. When after what seemed like more than an hour of waiting, she decided to call in the owner and put forth her disapproval of the kind of treatment she had received in the past hour. Apparently the sales people constantly ignored her and kept processing order bills that were placed by the customers who came in way after Mrs. Khanna did. Mrs. Khanna raised her voice because she suffered discrimination that caused wastage of her valuable time and also it cannot be ignored that the kind of treatment she received was annoying and unnecessary. Did she deserve this? What was her fault? While some might term it to be just a usual thing that happens, looking at it from the victim's point of view is a whole new story to talk about. * Is It Really LITTLE?
This was just one small incident that took place in some city. But there are thousands of such instances when the aged are subjected to ill treatment at various places. Be it the workplace, or a hospital or a bank or simply at home. While some like Mrs. Khanna raise their voices against it, others turn out to be not so fortunate to be able to do so. Violation of the basic rights of aged human beings has become a common practice all across the world. And quite recently there has been an increase in the efforts being made in order to take up actions at the international level to combat this blatant violation of human rights for the aged.
* Age Discrimination & Ageism
Age Discrimination can be defined as "A person being treated differently, with an unreasonable or disproportionate impact, simply because of his or her age". This discrimination can either be direct like upper age limits on credit or micro finance, that prohibits the elderly from accessing finance, or the discrimination is indirect like the non collection of data on HIV among people of the old age say above the age of 49 and hence excluding these people from the HIV AIDS prevention programmes.
Ageism is basically the stereotyping and prejudice against the old people and thus, discriminating them on the basis of age.
* Multiple Discrimination
A woman always is held and viewed in a subordinate position to man. So, when she ages, her status deteriorates to a greater degree. Woman are discriminated on the basis of not just age but also on the basis of...
...quiet time between the Thanksgiving and Christmas rushes at Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, and Shirk, a 60-year-old news veteran with a sandy smoker's voice, has kindly agreed to give me an armchair tour of his adopted hometown.
Mammoth Lakes is perched in the Eastern Sierra, a half-day's walk from some of California's most spectacular high country. "The first time I drove over Tioga Pass and saw the Eastern Sierra, my eyes just bugged out," says Shirk, who bought a condo here in 1997 and moved up full-time a few years later after a career that took him from the Philadelphia Inquirer to the San Francisco Chronicle.
"We're really out here," Shirk says, rattling off the drive times to urban centers such as San Diego (six and a half hours), L.A. (five hours), and the San Francisco Bay Area (five and a half, minimum). "People take day-long trips to go to Costco in Reno. It's a little like living on Mars."
Nursing a cup of black coffee ("You take cream or sugar? No? Good, because I don't have any"), Shirk divides Mammoth's 8,000-or-so year-round residents into three groups: People who are running from something, like a failed career or a ruined marriage; skiers, climbers and other athletes drawn to the landscape as a testing ground; and "the artists, the dreamers." Shirk himself fits the last category, and maybe the first, as well.
The second group -- the athletes -- has included such greats as three-time Olympian Andrea Mead Lawrence, the...
...AWARENESS IS THE NEED OF THE HOUR
“The world is not a problem; the problem is your unawareness”
Sonam Priya Singh
. Our country is a democratic country as well as a welfare state. “Rule of Law” is the edifice on which the democratic structure has been built on. “Rule of Law” means everybody is equal in the eyes of law. In spite of this solemn principle, every day we hear news about instances of atrocities committed against women and children, excesses by law enforcing agencies, harassment of citizens by officials, cheating by seller of goods, exploitation of the weak, stories of discriminations and deprivation in the society besides heinous crimes like rape, murder, looting, etc. In most of the cases the victims accept these suffering silently by ascribing them to fate or are afraid to protest on the grounds of further reprisals.
The fact is that many times people are not aware of the law and the rights such laws confer for their protection. The Directive Principles of the constitution lays down the guidelines for the welfare of the socially and economically neglected section of the society. A number of laws have been enacted to contribute to the welfare of the socially and economically downtrodden population of the society. However, the benefits of these provisions are not reaped by them due to lack of awareness about the same.
Every country has prescribed Rights and...
...together, establish justice, to provide protection, in order for our rights to be protected and other reasons. You can carry out research at your local library for more details
The purpose of the government is to ensure order in the running of a country, and manage its resources in a fair and responsible manner. Government also helps to ensure that the rights of the people are protected, that crimes against others are punished and that those who are unable to
It is widely recognized that good governance is a sine non qua for economic development of developing countries. Good governance is generally characterized by accessibility, accountability, predictability, transparency and follows the rule of law. It assures that corruption is minimized, views of minorities are taken into account and that the voices of the most vulnerable in society are heard in decision making. When good governance is guaranteed, residents of all over the world go about their personal business and pursuits with enhanced expectations whereas bad governance not only restricts opportunities of success but it can even degenerate into sectarian conflicts and civil wars.
Good Governance does not occur by chance. It cannot be introduced overnight. The process is often, a gradual one involving changes to long standing, practices, entrenched interests and cultural habits and social and even religious norms.
What is the need of good' governance in...
Legal and social definition of the aged
• Is when an individual becomes old or elderly and therefore is placed in the group often referred to as the aged. This can vary on a number of factors such as physical and mental factors. A social definition does not normally refer to a specific age.
• The general retirement for the aged is between the 65 years for men and 60 years for women. This is a generalisation as men and women can retire before or after this age.
• Ageing is a very personal adjustment, for some they can age quicker than others. The main sign of aging from an objective view will be the physical change, such as wrinkles, gray hair and walking support, so that is physical change. Aging can a mental and inner change, not just a physical change.
• Elderly members of society are often seen as not as efficient in day-to-day activities, compared to when they were younger. This leads to old people going to nursing homes and getting carers to help them function in their everyday lives.
• Society determines whether a person is old or not on the basis of chronological age or appearance. The aged are often defined as those in the last one-third to one-quarter of the life span. However, to a young child a teenager can seem to be aged due to the difference in age and looks. Another example is well functioning 65 year old, they can see the...
...enterprise. Examples are men attendants in a men's lavatory, and women attendants in a women's lavatory.
Another type of discrimination that can occur in the workplace is harassment, sometimes called a hostile work environment. This exists when the employee feels threatened or belittled because of her minority classification. The employer may not take any tangible actions, but the employee still feels discriminated against because of her minority classification. The hostile work environment for harassment must be based on minority classification in order to be considered discrimination. An abusive work environment is not a hostile work environment unless the abuse results directly from the minority classification. From Title VII of The Civil Rights Act, it is unlawful to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of his/her race or color in regard to hiring, termination, promotion, compensation, job training, or any other term, condition, or privilege of employment. Title VII also prohibits employment decisions based on stereotypes and assumptions about abilities, traits, or the performance of individuals of certain racial groups. Title VII prohibits both intentional discrimination and neutral job policies that disproportionately exclude minorities and that are not job related. Equal employment opportunity cannot be denied because of marriage to or associations with an individual of a different race; membership in or association...
...of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by
James Thurber both captured my interest from the very beginning. These short
stories represents gender roles and marriage. They both are about married couples
with controlling mates. “The Story of an Hour” is about a young married woman
and how she reacts to the news of her husband dying in a tragic train accident.
The story takes place in the home of the young woman, Mrs. Mallard. Several
things took place within an hour but “the joy that kills” (Clugston, 2010) made me
more interested to find out what was happening to Mrs. Mallard. Mrs. Mallard died
from “the joy that kills” (Clugston, 2010) because she was happy after finding out
about her husband and him coming home was the hour of her life. I believe she
choose to die happy rather than live miserably with her husband because she was
so happy thinking she had her life back only to go downstairs and see Brently
“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” was about a self-conscience husband who
continuously daydreamed about a life he wanted. Both of these stories have
symbolism of unhappy relationships that were being dominated by their spouse
and the desire to escape it and get away. The difference...
In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, one of the major themes is the idea that the monster is a representation of the monster within all of us. Also, that the romantic age, which was prominent during the time in which Shelley was writing, was one of the conflicting mindsets that led to Victor Frankenstein’s manipulating and controlling nature, which throws him out of his mind and down a destructive path towards the creation of the monster. In The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein, Peter Ackroyd takes the metaphors and themes present in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and makes them more literal in his reimagined work. In Ackroyd’s novel, he sets out to inform the reader that the horrors shown in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein are more real than we would like to believe due to the effects of Romanticism, the Enlightenment, and Atheism.
Peter Ackroyd’s intent when writing The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein was depict the metaphor present in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in a more realistic manner. One of the main themes that Ackroyd reimagines form Shelley’s book is the theme that the monster exists within all of us. In Shelley’s version, the monster and Victor feel as though they are “two sides of the same soul.” Although they are two separate things, they both feel as though there is some sort of connection between them. In Ackroyd’s reimagining, instead of having Victor and the monster as two separate people, he depicts them as just a split personality of Victor. As Victor...
August 12, 2013
The American Women's Rights Movement in 1848 paved the way for the declaration that revolutionized women's lives. Women demanded equality in all areas of civil, political, economic, and private life. Beginning in the 1960s women felt the need to reform the traditional bias in order to exercise therights for women in favor of men. Today, America is living the legacy of the great progress women have made in all areas addressed while their earnest quest for full and true equality continues.
Women were thought to be the subservient gender. The ideal woman was silent and submissive; her job was to be docile and obedient; a loving wife who was completely subservient to the men around her. They had to obey their father after they were born, and their husband after they married. The day of most American women consisted of maintaining the house, preparing meals, taking care of the children, helping them with their homework, being the ideal wife, doing the dishes and the laundry all while remaining elegant. Women had very few rights in early twentieth century. Less than a decade later, women began to take a stance on their independence and equal rights.
Beginning of American Women's Rights Movement
On July 9, 1848,...