Important Milestones for SAFAW India

  • Inclusion of Aged Women in Gender Manifesto published on 28th November, 2013 by Center For Social Research & Women Power Connect New Delhi
  • CSR and Elderly - As a result of constant lobbying and advocacy, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has added “elderly” to the CSR Agenda on 27 February, 2014
  • Representation of Women and Ageing in the IFA Conference, Hyderabad 2014, where the South Asia Forum for Aged Women presented its findings from the conferences and case study documentation to advocates and experts from world over
  • Inclusion of the issues of Women and Ageing in various women’s forums and initiatives

Projects supported by UNFPA - Case studies selected so far:

  • Widows in Ashram - A case study of Sulabh International, Vrindaban and Benaras
  • Ekal Nari Shakti Sangathan - A Haven for Women Empowerment, Udaipur
  • Financial Inclusion of elderly women in Gujarat- SEWA
  • Farmers Widows of Vidarbha, A HelpAge case study
  • International Longevity Center-1 project Pune
  • Health care services-Calcutta Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology, Kolkata
  • Older Women in Institutions - A few Good Practices
  • Working with Alzheimer's - Nightingale Medical Trust, Bangalore
  • Kerala State Projects for the Elderly - A study from Thiruvantapuram

Way Forward

Stree Shakti- The Parallel Force envisages taking the SAFAW initiative to other countries in South Asia.
The following is a vision of events and activities to strengthen the South Asia network and give the issue of ‘Women and Ageing’ a greater voice:

  • Collaborate with countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal, Pakistan, Singapore and Thailand to form a stronger South Asia Forum
  • Identify innovation of services provided or policy implementation to help elderly women in these countries and document them as good practices
  • Host Round Table Meetings in, Nepal, Bangkok and Singapore to begin interface with China to take the issue of women and ageing beyond South Asia and build an interface with China
  • Organize a Photographic Exhibition of “Women and Ageing in South Asian Countries” to raise awareness and advocate for their cause
  • Disseminate the findings of the work done by all the countries represented in the South Asia Forum in the next IFA conference to be held in Brisbane, Australia, 2016.