Basic Information about WEAAD
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) is an annual event observed on 15 June to focus global attention on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders.
Observed on: June 15
Organized by: UN, WHO, INPEA
Introduced in: 2012 (First observation)
About World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD)
Every year June 15 is observed as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). This day is observed to focus global attention on the problem of physical, emotional, and financial abuse of elders.
On June 15, 2006, International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) and the UN’s World Health Organization launched WEAAD. UN General Assembly passed a resolution on March 9, 2012 to observe June 15 as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD). The first WEAAD was observed in the year 2012.
Activities and Programs on WEAAD
Programs and activities are conducted around the world to mark this day. The programs include meetings and conferences at the UN headquarters. Other programs includes going purple on WEAAD day, providing free WEAAD bookmarks in libraries, etc.
Theme for World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2020 Theme is “The impact of COVID-19 on violence, abuse and neglect of older persons“
Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2019 Theme was “Lifting Up Voices“
WEAAD 2018 Theme was “Moving from Awareness to Action through a Human Rights based approach“
2017 Theme: Understand and End Financial Abuse of Older People: A Human Rights Issue
2016 Theme: We can stop elder abuse
2015 Theme: Falling Between the Cracks: Abuse and Violence against Older Women Marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – 10 years on