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About Us


Who We Are

GRAN is a cross-Canadanetwork of volunteers advocating at local, national and international levels.  We work to engage Canadian and international support for policies and programs that will address the needs of African grandmothers as they strive to sustain their families and communities in the wake of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. [The forerunner to GRAN, the National Advocacy Committee was associated with the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF), but GRAN and the SLF are now completely separate organizations.]

As our name suggests, GRAN is made up of a strong core of older women who contribute their energy, experience and expertise.  There are also many dedicated men, younger women, and youth among our volunteers. GRAN welcomes and values the partnership and efforts of all.

What We Do

The focus of GRAN’s work is strategic and effective education and advocacy.

GRAN participants take action to raise public awareness and influence policy-makers in three key areas:

  • Ensuring access to affordable medicines
  • Improving access to education
  • Ending violence against women and girls

GRAN actions can take many forms:

  • Participating in study groups and workshops
  • Writing to and meeting with Members of Parliament
  • Signing and circulating petitions
  • Organizing public educational events
  • Submitting newspaper articles and Letters to the Editor
  • Attending rallies and peaceful demonstrations
  • Collaborating with like-minded organizations