Economic and Social Rights in South Africa: The protection of the socio-economic rights of older women

Over the years, human rights bodies such as the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) have placed extensive emphasis on the need to protect socio-economic rights, especially of vulnerable groups, including children and women. Consequently, the protection of women’s rights, for example, has been the highlight of several human rights debates and gender-driven conferences and seminars. Surprisingly, these debates focusing on promoting and protecting women’s rights have paid little attention to the protection of the socio-economic rights of older women. Arguably, this oversight has greatly hindered the expansion and understanding of the rights of older women in general and their socio-economic rights in particular.