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Let's Get 130 million Girls into School!

Each girl who cannot go to school today is a precious daughter and grandaughter. As we celebrate all the advances that have made in recent years we cannot forget each girl who is still waiting. Each waits for books, schools, teachers, peace, …. Watch the short video and join the count. 

https://girlscount.one.org/

 

GRAN News - INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

 

March 8th is International Women’s Day, a day for us to once again remind ourselves of the situation for women in Sub-Saharan Africa.  All around the globe we see examples of gender inequality, but they can be particularly glaring in that part of the world.  Older women frequently have no pensions, few -- if any -- property rights, and very limited access to affordable medicines for chronic diseases that affect us all as we age. Younger women and girls often find that medicines to treat HIV/AIDS are unavailable to them, even though they are the demographic with the highest percentage of new infections.  Personal safety and access to education are significant challenges for African women of all ages.  Let’s remember why we advocate on their behalf! 

Here is a wonderful blog posting from Help Age International

Well Done Canada!

For Signing the Safe Schools Declaration

This February Canada became the 59th country to sign on to the Safe Schools Declaration, an international political commitment to protect students, teachers, and schools from attack in times of armed conflict.  By endorsing the declaration, Canada sends a strong message on the urgency to act together to protect schools from attack and military use and to defend children's access to education.

Read more on Canada's policy here

http://international.gc.ca/world-monde/aid-aide/safe_schools_policy-politique_securite_ecoles.aspx?lang=eng

Canada, a Strong GPE Partner

Canada plays a very active and important role in the work of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).  Julia Gillard, Board Chair of the GPE, reflects on her recent visit to Canada in February in this informative blog.  Click here to read more:

 

IS THE END OF AIDS JUST A NOBLE GOAL?

AIDS claimed around 36 million lives between 1981 and 2016, and a similar number around the world currently live with the HIV virus. There is now scientific evidence showing that HIV-positive individuals receiving antiretroviral (ARV) treatment suppress the HIV virus in their bloodstreams so dramatically that they are very unlikely to transmit the virus to others. This discovery has led to the 90-90-90 set of goals and although not without its challenges, there is agreement that the 90-90-90 targets are attainable making the end of AIDS within reach. For more about the progress achieved to date, the challenges addressed and those ahead, please click here: 

 

GRAN Meets with Julia Gillard of the Global Partnership for Education

GRAN Co-Chair, Hillary Elliot, joined with other Canadian CSO representatives in Ottawa this past Wednesday to meet with Julia Gillard, Chair of the Global Partnership for Education.  Julia was in Ottawa to raise awareness of the critical importance of education in development.  Click here to read Julia Gillard’s OpEd in the Ottawa Citizen on how Canada can help boost girls' education globally. 

Global Partnership for Education Celebrates 2016!

It has been an exceptional year for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The GPE welcomed four new partner countries, funded US$4.6 billion in grants to over 50 countries, trained over 240,000 teachers, distributed 30 million textbooks, built 3,000 classrooms and joined forces with new global ambassador, Rihana. 

To see more of GPE’s accomplishments and their year in review watch the following short video.

 

Closing out 2016 on a High Note

Please enjoy this article from Doctors Without Borders website, acknowledging GRAN's help with their afairshot.org campaign.

http://www.msf.ca/en/article/how-a-determined-group-of-canadian-grandmothers-helped-msf-s-campaign-for-lower-vaccine

Happy New Year ...

 

Merry Christmas to the Children of Ethiopia and Zimbabwe

Great News! Millions more children in sub Saharan Africa will soon be able to go to school.

The Board of Directors of the Global Partnership for Education approved US$90.6 million to improve the education of millions of children and youth in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe to strengthen their countries’ education systems, to improve equity and to increase access to quality education.  These grants will help children who live in difficult environments to go to school, stay in school and learn with quality teachers.

Read more at

http://www.globalpartnership.org/news/global-partnership-education-approves-90-million-childrens-education-ethiopia-zimbabwe

 

 

HIV/AIDS and Aging

This week UNAIDS, for the first time, will hold a thematic session on HIV/AIDS and aging. The background document contains the latest information and has a special section on AIDS and older women. You can read it here, but the highlights are on pages 4 and 5. 

It is time to address ageism and gender inequality within the HIV response and  consult directly with older women living with HIV to understand their needs concerns, values and perspectives.

 

 

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