Older women living in different social and economic contexts said they were discriminated against in many areas of their lives including employment, healthcare, financial services, access to development programmes and ownership and disposal of property. They said discriminatory, harmful ageist attitudes and practices were particularly strong against widowed or single older women, older women with disabilities, rural and migrant older women. They said equality for
them was having equal rights under the law as well as equal access to opportunities and services in practice. At the heart of their understanding of equality was their autonomy, their right to participate in decisionmaking processes, to make personal choices and express their opinions freely.