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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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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. 

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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Back to School, but Not For All

Sep 17, 2020

“… This is an opportunity for us to reset the world we are living in, and not just return to normal.”   -- Nobel  laureate, Malala Yousafzai Five million Canadian children returned to... Read more