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Signposting

Imagine how difficult it would be to navigate around a large city without a satellite navigation system (namely, GPS/satnav), or signposts to guide you.  Well, the same applies to written text.  “Signposting” may include headings and subheadings, key words, tables, illustrations, numbering and bullet-point lists. 

Use lists and subheadings

Use lists where possible and align them vertically for easy reading. Ask ChatGPT or Gemini (Google’s AI tool) to help you. Here’s is a text with no signposting from a UNECE webpage. After it, I’ve included the result I got from Gemini.

Take a look:

Peaceful societies for all ages: preventing and addressing violence against older persons
Side event of 2024 UNECE Regional Forum for Sustainable Development

Recent and ongoing crises in the region such as the COVID-19 pandemic, armed conflicts, and cost-of-living pressures have contributed to an increase in violence against and abuse and neglect of older persons. Nonetheless, violence and abuse against older persons remains largely invisible and limited attention has been directed to this issue in the context of the 2030 Agenda.

A violation of fundamental human rights, violence against and abuse and neglect of older persons represents a barrier to achieving the 2030 Agenda in the UNECE region. Under in-depth review at the 2024 Regional and High-Level Political Forums on Sustainable Development, SDG 16 calls for peaceful societies, access to justice, and accountable institutions—aims that cannot be achieved without tackling the abuse of older persons. In her recent report to the Human Rights Council, the Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons called upon States to “scale up efforts against abuse of older persons through effective prevention and protection measures, in particular in line with the United Nations Decade of Healthy Ageing (2021-2030) and States’ international human rights obligations towards the human rights of older persons.”

Occurring behind closed doors in homes and institutions, shame, stigma, and physical or financial reliance on abusers often prevent older victims from disclosing or reporting abuse. Health and care professionals as well as other community members in regular contact with older persons play a crucial role in the prevention and detection of abuse and the empowerment and protection of older persons who are at risk of or have experienced abuse. Effective training—of professionals, carers, and volunteers—is therefore an important intervention in addressing violence against and abuse and neglect of older persons.

The online event, organized by the UNECE Standing Working Group on Ageing in collaboration with the Joint Programme on Ageing for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, will showcase the diversity of approaches in the region to training individuals who interact with older persons.  Different target groups, methods, and aspects of training will be highlighted, including the identification of risk factors and signs of abuse, breaking down barriers to seeking help and reporting, and equipping individuals, groups and communities with tools and resources for response.

Emphasizing synergies with SDG 17, the event will demonstrate the importance of strong partnerships for addressing abuse of older persons and achieving sustainable development that leaves no one behind. It will highlight concrete actions from across the region that foster safe environments, lives lived in dignity, and full participation in society for older persons. 

Here’s the instruction I gave to Gemini:
“Organize this text in a more readable form with subheadings and lists.”

Violence and Abuse Against Older Persons: A Barrier to Sustainable Development

Increased Vulnerability in the Region:

Recent crises like COVID-19, conflicts, and cost-of-living pressures have led to a rise in violence and abuse against older persons.

This issue remains largely invisible and neglected in the context of achieving the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Violation of Human Rights and a Barrier to SDGs:

Abusing older adults is a violation of their fundamental human rights and hinders the achievement of SDG 16, which promotes peaceful societies, access to justice, and accountable institutions.

The Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons calls for stronger measures to prevent and address abuse, aligning with the UN Decade of Healthy Ageing and international human rights obligations.

Challenges and Solutions:

Shame, stigma, and dependence on abusers often prevent victims from reporting abuse, which mainly occurs in private settings.

Key Role of Professionals and Communities:

Health professionals, caregivers, and others who interact with older persons have a vital role in:

Preventing and detecting abuse.

Empowering and protecting vulnerable individuals.

Effective training of these groups is crucial, addressing:

Identifying risk factors and signs of abuse.

Breaking down barriers to seeking help and reporting.

Equipping individuals with tools and resources to respond.

Event to Showcase Approaches:

A UNECE-organized online event will showcase various training approaches used across the region to empower individuals who interact with older persons.

The event will highlight best practices in:

Training different target groups.

Using diverse training methods.

Addressing various aspects of abuse.

Synergy with SDG 17 and Concrete Actions:

The event will emphasize the importance of partnerships in tackling abuse and achieving sustainable development that includes everyone.

Concrete actions from different regions will be showcased, focusing on:

Creating safe environments.

Promoting lives lived with dignity.

Ensuring full participation of older persons in society.

Decide if this works or not. If not, you can make the necessary alterations yourself or give Gemini further instructions to do so.

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Carol Waites (PhD)
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