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The Right to Health

Older women in sub-Saharan Africa are often dealing with a variety of health challenges. Due to poverty, many do not have the basic resources required for health, such as nutritious food, clean water and adequate housing. Many suffer from HIV/AIDS, TB, or malaria, as well as untreated chronic problems and diseases such as high blood pressure and arthritis. Often older women do not have access to required medicines and affordable, age-friendly health and social services. This is why GRAN campaigns for access to more generic drugs, fair pricing by pharmaceutical companies, and increased investment by Canada and the world to improve access, affordability and age-friendly health care.


GRAN Campaigns related to the Right to Health:

August COVID Action MP email

Email to Your MP

Subject:  Meeting Request: Canada’s Global Pandemic Response

Dear (MP Name),

My name is (xxx) and I am a constituent in your riding.

I’m writing to request a virtual meeting the week of August 24th to discuss Canada’s essential role in supporting a global response to COVID-19,

Canada’s cases of COVID-19 have dropped and remained relatively stable since May, but globally we are seeing infection continuing to spread.

Canada’s responsibility to protect Canadians also demands that everyone, everywhere is safe.

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Climate Justice and sub-Saharan Africa

The climate emergency disproportionately affects the disempowered and most marginalized across the world – the poor, the old, the very young, and women in particular. Protecting the vulnerable is a matter of justice.

Climate justice is a human-centred approach to responding to the challenges of climate change that embraces human rights, equity, and fairness.

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.

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Grandma has Rights Too

Jan 07, 2021

“It is time to show leadership on protecting the rights of Grandma and other older people.  To show appreciation for the enormous contributions that older people make to families, communities... Read more

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