The common belief that traditional Nigerian social norms ensure respect and support for older persons is erroneous. Discrimination, abuse, neglect and violation of older persons are rife in Nigerian society. Older Persons are often abused accused of witchcraft, and of being responsible for misfortune in the lives of relatives or their communities. Older women can be subjected to inhuman cultural widowhood practices, while inheritance laws actively discriminate against them. Pensioners, meanwhile, are frequently denied their entitlements with often grave consequences for their welfare.
CADROP’s activities in the area of elder abuse centre on:
Development of a systematic, culturally grounded classificatory framework for identifying conditions and practices that constitute elder abuse in the Nigerian context ―
- To provide a basis for awareness raising, policy advocacy and practice
- Advocacy targeting knowledge, attitudes and behaviours relevant to elder abuse
- Small-scale, community-based service provision for elder abuse victims