“The grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa face triple jeopardy caused by gender, age and exposure to both communicable and non-communicable diseases that are associated with aging. Many are affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB. At the same time they are invisible in the statistics and often in the public consciousness. They are impacted on many levels by gender inequalities that are intersected by the stigma of aging.”
With these words, GRAN Co-Chair Marilyn Coolen begins an article published today in the Huffington Post Blog that is well worth reading entitled, “Gender Inequalities + Ageism = Hardship for the Grandmothers of Africa”.
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Words of acceptance spoken at Action Awards gala on World AIDS Day in Toronto by Elizabeth Rennie, grassroots GRANadvocate from Burlington, ON. Thank you to those who nominated GRAN, to Richard Elliott, and the staff of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and the Human Rights Watch. In giving this award to GRAN, you recognize and Read more . . .
On Sunday evening December 1st–World AIDS Day–GRAN was presented with (our first?) award: an Award for Action on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights, offered jointly by the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and Human Rights Watch. This award highlights “outstanding contributions that decrease vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and protect the rights and dignity of those infected and affected.” Read more . . .
PRESS RELEASE OTTAWA, December 2nd, 2013 – The Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN) welcomes today‘s announcement by the Government of Canada that it will contribute $650 million to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria over the next three years. This contribution represents a 20% increase over the contribution made in the previous replenishment Read more . . .
GRAN’s Aeroplan Campaign closed a few hours ahead of schedule when the target goal of 150,000 donated air miles was met! Reaching this goal means that GRAN representatives can do the work essential to building our organization by attending essential meetings, including regional visits. Please pass on this good news, with thanks to the supporters Read more . . .
Medicins sans frontiers (MSF or Doctors Without Borders) has created a video series called See What We See to counterbalance rhetoric presenting progress as all-pervasive and the fight against HIV/AIDS as almost won. film series titled See What We See to counterbalance rhetoric presenting progress as all-pervasive and the fight against HIV/AIDS as almost won. Read more . . .
Recently, Jimmy Carter as one of The Elders has said that, “The abuse of women and girls is the most pervasive and unaddressed human rights violation on earth.” Canada’s Minister Paradis made his own statement on the issue, calling call on “all Canadians to combat violence against women and girls and recognize that fulfilling their Read more . . .
The grandmothers in Africa work day in, day out to feed themselves and their families. But they get hardly any recognition or support in their older age. HelpAge International has a neat new quiz about “invisible” older workers that makes you think. Take the quiz on Seforosa (a grandmother in Uganda) to shine a light Read more . . .
6 November 2013 Honourable Christian Paradis Minister for International Cooperation House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6 Dear Minister Paradis: We write to you again to express our deep concern that Canada continue its leadership regarding support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. As you know, the Replenishment Conference is only Read more . . .