As a network of older women advocating for the human rights of African grandmothers, we have always been guided by the African philosophy of ubuntu. Ubuntu defines what it means to be truly human: we affirm our own humanity when we acknowledge the full humanity of others. The ubuntu principles of dignity, respect, empathy, caring, sharing, and compassion are more needed than ever in these unprecedented times.
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.