Actions Against Ageism
In 2050 Bosnia and Herzegovina is going to be the fourth oldest land in the world. But the country in the Western Balkans is not fully prepared for these demographic changes: There are hardly any configurations for the protection of human rights of the elderly. Additionally, the minimum pension is very low (around 90 € / month), accessibility is not yet widespread. Hilfswerk International is committed with its team in Sarajevo to protect the elderly in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In Austria, Hilfswerk is an expert for the rights and needs of the population over 65. Hilfswerk now deploys this expertise through Hilfswerk International in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where it is badly needed since 17 % of the population are already older than 65. Even though the demographic structure is comparable with the Austrian one ( in Austria 18,7 % of the population are older than 65), there is a lack of institutionalized arrangements and countermeasures for poverty in old age in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
- to promote and support the active participation of older people in community life
- to explore social responsibility to create a social environment that allows for dignified aging
- to strengthen human rights for the elderly
- Creation of a guide for older persons (Funding agencies, offers, advice centers, ...)
- Awareness raising in public for different ages and human rights
- Cooperation with and further development of existing social welfare centers
- strengthening relevant state and federal institutions as well as know-how transfer, how older people can be supported in the long term
- indirect beneficiaries: 250.000
- direct beneficiaries: 325 pensioners (60 % female)
- local clubs, NGOs, human rights organizations and welfare centers
Bosnia & Herzegovina
(Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Mostar, Brcko)