Hidden Voices: Women Speak Out on Dementia

Hidden Voices: Women Speak Out on Dementia

On Thursday 19 October GADAA hosted a global webinar to share more about one of the 21st century’s biggest global health priorities and its effect on women worldwide. Participants including human rights, gender and development iNGOs, dementia specialists, academics and government representatives discussed dementia’s disproportionate impact on women around the world.

Our presenters from Switzerland and Nigeria highlighted how the economic and social disadvantage that women face in many societies can stop those living with dementia from receiving sufficient health and social support. Speakers and participants discussed the stigma and even abuse people with dementia can face, and how for older women, age and gender-discrimination can compound this treatment. The webinar also provided a forum to discuss topics highlighted in GADAA’s recent film ‘And Then I Looked Up Dementia’.

We thank all who joined us at this GADAA webinar to learn more about dementia through the lens of sex and gender and explore how a global action on dementia can help achieve shared international goals on women’s health and rights issues.

Webinar recording

Speakers’ presentations

  • Moderator: Tania Dussey-Cavassini – Former Swiss Ambassador for Global Health.
  • Speaker 1: Dr Maria Teresa Ferretti – Women’s Brain Project (WBP). On WBP’s analysis of scientific research into the effect of sex on Alzheimer’s. Download Dr Ferretti’s presentation.
  • Speaker 2: Iyom Josephine Anenih – Former Women’s Minister of Nigeria. Discussing her family experience of dementia and activity to reduce stigma and discrimination in Nigeria. Download Iyom Josephine Anenih’s presentation.
  • Speaker 3: Kiki Edwards, – Rossetti Care, Nigeria. Highlights the lack of public awareness of dementia in the country and how it affects dementia care partners.