Improving the situation of older women in the EU in the context of an ageing society and rapidly changing socio-economic environment

Executive summary
The situation of older women in Europe is often overlooked in studies, statistics and policy impact assessments. Usually, the situations of older persons and of women are analysed separately which obscures the particular challenges older women face when the disadvantages of gender and age compound.

In this paper, AGE Platform Europe – AGE and the European Women’s Lobby – EWL highlight the particular challenges older women face in the intersection of gender and age and propose recommendations to the European Commission, Member State governments and employers, aimed at improving the situation of older women in Europe. Older women’s situation is approached from a life course perspective and covers their human rights, dignity, labour market position and work-care patterns, discrimination, health care, care services provision and social benefits, in particular pensions. The negative impact of recent austerity measures on older women is also highlighted.

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