Skip to main content

The Right to Economic Security and Social Protection

Older women in sub-Saharan Africa are at high risk of poverty, especially those living alone and those caring for grandchildren orphaned by the AIDS pandemic. Older women are often denied their right to decent work, and to property and inheritances that rightfully belong to them. Very few have access to pensions and other social protection measures such as credit programs and affordable healthcare. GRAN is committed to promoting economic security and social protection for grandmothers and older women.


GRAN Campaigns related to the Right to Economic Security and Social Protection:

Mining Justice

GRAN's Mining Justice campaign is undertaken in support of women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa experiencing human rights abuses in mining communities.   

Widespread well-documented human rights abuses have been associated with the activities of many Canadian mining companies abroad. These companies must be held accountable for their actions in the communities in which they operate.

Not surprisingly, women are disproportionately affected by human rights abuses in mining communities, including:

Child, Early and Forced Marriage

Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) is a human rights violation which has devastating consequences for women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa and around the world.  It perpetuates the gender inequality that grandmothers in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere experience throughout their lives.  It increases the spread of HIV/AIDS and creates barriers to education, economic security, healthcare and safety – challenges identified by African grandmothers for themselves and their grandchildren.

Climate Change: Suffering in Silence

Mar 23, 2020

Suffering in Silence, a report recently released by CARE International, identifies the ten most under-reported humanitarian crises of 2019. Nine of the ten crises occurred in sub-Saharan Africa... Read more

COVID-19 in Africa

Mar 20, 2020

In these anxious times as we all try to stay informed, you may have noticed that little is yet being reported by main news outlets about the spread of COVID-19 in Africa.  Click here for the... Read more

Twitter Icon

RT : More than one billion people live in slums where physical distancing & regular hand-washing may be impossible. The… https://t.co/LFfPRhBgC4
22 hours 9 min ago