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.
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.