Human Rights Advocate Jeffrey Wambaya spoke on a panel as part of the 14th Global Conference on Ageing held by the The International Federation on Ageing. Wambaya addressed the marginalization and inequalities faced by elderly LGBTQI people.
The panel also included Michael Adams, the CEO of SAGE, the oldest and largest organization in the USA dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults. During the panel, SAGE released the results of a groundbreaking report, highlighting first-of-its-kind data that illustrates the experiences of LGBT older people across the globe.
The International Federation on Ageing is an international NGO with consultative status at the United Nations that aims to be a connection point for experts working to influence age-related policy. The Global Conference on Ageing brought presenters from over 70 countries to Toronto to contribute to promoting healthy ageing, combating ageism, creating age-friendly environments, and addressing inequalities.
Wambaya is a program manager at Ishtar-MSM, a Nairobi-based organization that advances the sexual health rights of men who have sex with men to reduce the stigma and discrimination they face by advocating for their rights to access health care, including STI/HIV and AIDS-related care and treatment. Wambaya focuses on advocacy, policy and strategy formulation, and analysis. He is experienced in evidence-based HIV and sexual health programming and has sat on a variety of technical working groups at the national level. He is a 2016 alumnus of the Human Rights Advocates Program.