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The Right to Freedom from Violence

Violence against girls and women of all ages is a widespread and systemic violation of human rights. Many older women in sub-Saharan Africa are particularly vulnerable to physical, sexual and psychological violence, as well as financial abuse and neglect. GRAN uses its voice to raise awareness of these serious human rights violations and advocates for action to prevent and eliminate gender-based violence.


GRAN Campaigns related to the Right to Freedom from Violence:

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. In a recent report, the World Food Program identified SSA as an area in which escalating hunger will be seen in the first half of 2020, with millions of people requiring life-saving food assistance to avert the risk of famine.

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:

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 Spring 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 will be especially hard hit.

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The Orange Campaign

From 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to December 10, Human Rights Day, the United Nations UNiTE Campaign: 16 Day of Activism to End Gender-based Violence is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls everywhere. As a bright and optimistic colour, orange has been chosen by the United Nations as the colour to represent the Campaign’s goal of a future free from violence.

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.

Steady Progress Towards SDG#4

Aug 02, 2020

  The Global Partnership for Education’s (GPE’s) latest annual report is showing that great strides are being made to bring quality education to the world’s most marginalized children.  ... Read more

World Refugee Day - It's Her Turn

Jun 17, 2020

June 20th marks World Refugee Day. For millions of women and girls among the world’s ever-growing refugee population, education remains an aspiration, not a reality.  In Africa, COVID-19 is... Read more