As grandmothers and grand-others committed to improving the lives of the grandmothers of sub-Saharan Africa and the children orphaned by AIDS in their care, we act. We talk to MPs, we conduct surveys and circulate petitions, we write letters and postcards, we attend relevant parliamentary committee hearings, we hold rallies and sometimes we hold protests in the streets.
Most of all, we take care as we act to be sure the issues are right for us and that members of the national Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN) are informed and resourced for our shared work.
As a volunteer civil society organization we are not registered lobbyists. Indeed we consistently use the word “advocates” to describe ourselves, rather than lobbyists, because we do not expect to profit, individually or as an organization, if we are successful. Our intent is humanitarian and our scope is multi-partisan.