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The Right to Education and Life-Long Learning

Education and training for their grandchildren and themselves is a top priority for African grandmothers raising young people orphaned by AIDS. And yet this basic right is so often denied. GRAN is relentless in its efforts to remind Canada and the international community that quality education must be available to all, especially to the poorest and most vulnerable.


GRAN Campaigns related to the Right to Education and Life-Long Learning:

COVID-19 Response and Recovery

As a network of older women advocating for the human rights of African grandmothers, we have always been guided by the African philosophy of ubuntuUbuntu 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.

COVID-19 Response and Recovery: Building Support for International Assistance

The federal Liberal Party made a commitment in its 2019 election platform to “…continu[e] to increase Canada’s international development assistance every year towards 2030, reflecting our commitment to realizing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.”

In the Fall of 2020, the world is rightly focused on the COVID-19 pandemic. Governments around the world are scrambling to deal with the health emergency and its economic repercussions. Developing countries have been especially hard hit.

The Climate Crisis and sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is one of the places in the world where the impact of the climate crisis is being felt most profoundly. Twelve countries in the region have been identified where widespread hunger is already evident. The current situation is the result of prolonged drought combined with conflict and instability in some countries, and economic collapse in others. In recent years the seasonal rains are either shorter or absent, and in some places, when the rains do come, they have been so violent that flooding washes away the newly planted crops. 

Global Partnership for Education

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE), set up in 2002, to “galvanize and coordinate a global effort to deliver a good quality education to all girls and boys, prioritizing the poorest and most vulnerable.” www.globalpartnership.org/about-us  The GPE includes sixty developing countries, donor governments, such as Canada, international organizations, civil society groups, and the private sector. 

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:

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Launch of #AfricaEducatesHer Campaign

Oct 18, 2020

Girls’ education in Africa is at risk. The disruption to education from COVID-19 has placed girls at higher risk of falling behind in school and of permanently dropping out of school. This is due to... Read more

International Day of Older Persons

Sep 29, 2020

This October 1st marks the 30th anniversary of International Day of Older Persons, an occasion to celebrate older persons in our lives  as sources of wisdom and inspiration. At the United... Read more