Sep 22, 2022
The Grandmothers Advocacy Network applauds and thanks the Government of Canada for its pledge of $1.21 billion to the Global Fund to Fight HIV, TB and Malaria. To read GRAN's full response to the... Read more
Leading Canadian climate activists and organizations have responded with disappointment to the outcomes of COP26.
A recent study of large-scale interventions to improve girls’ education worldwide identifies four successful strategies:
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Since the pharmaceutical company Moderna is unwilling to share its “recipe”, the World Health Organization has hired a start-up company in South Africa to figure out how to make an mRNA vaccine against COVID that is as close as possible to Moderna’s version. Click here to read more.
"For centuries, malaria has stalked sub-Saharan Africa, causing immense personal suffering,” said Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. “We have long hoped for an effective malaria vaccine and now for the first time ever, we have such a vaccine recommended for widespread use. Today’s recommendation offers a glimmer of hope for the continent which shoulders the heaviest burden of the disease and we expect many more African children to be protected from malaria and grow into healthy adults.”
Click here for more details about what this vaccine will mean for children in sub-Saharan Africa.
October 1st of every year marks the International Day of Older Persons. It is an occasion to celebrate older persons’ contributions to society. It is also an opportunity to educate ourselves on issues of concern such as the impact of ageism seen during the pandemic and, going forward, the need for digital equity for all ages so that no one is left behind.
GRAN invites you to reflect on and celebrate your own contributions to your family and your community. May we also suggest watching the 11-minute video, Change The Way You Think About Age or perhaps attending an online event such as the UN’s Digital Equity for All Ages webinar. You may also wish to learn what you can do to join the global community in the fight against ageism.
However you mark this day, we wish you a happy International Day of Older Persons!
Congratulations to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) on a successful replenishment at the Global Education Summit last week. US$4 billion was pledged, putting the GPE firmly on the path to achieving its target of raising at least US$5 billion over the next five years.
GRAN would like to thank all who supported our GPE campaign with your letter writing, phone calls, Letters to the Editor and raising awareness through conversations and on social media. Thank you for lifting your voices for young girls and women to access quality education, giving them hope for a better future.
We are disappointed that Canada did not increase its pledge of CAN$300 million made earlier this year at the G7 summit, but we realize that this has been a particularly difficult year to advocate for development aid for education.
To read about the many positive outcomes from last week’s Global Education Summit, click here.
HelpAge International has just released Bearing the Brunt, a report on the impact of COVID-19 on older people based on insights from research in low- and middle-income countries. The report provides clear recommendations to ensure older people are included in recovery efforts and their rights are respected. It calls on all actors to work together to build a society where everyone lives with dignity, no matter our age.
During the recent G7 summit, Canada announced a commitment of $300 million to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), far short of the $500 million that GRAN and other civil society organizations were asking for. Click here to read a full response from GRAN and our partners in the Canadian International Education Policy Working Group (CIEPWG).
Can education help solve the climate crisis? Is this too good to be true? What if there were a new way of educating and engaging youth and adults in climate solutions? In a report from the Brookings Institution, recent research shows a powerful connection between education and climate change and the positive results that can be achieved. Read on to learn about the ambitious plan for a new green learning agenda that they suggest should be included in all curriculums. Click here for more.
As we heard from Dr. Elizabeth Vibert in a recent GRAN Learning Event, food insecurity is growing in sub-Saharan Africa. Global hunger has been rising steadily since 2015 due to the intersecting crises of protracted conflicts, the rapidly changing climate and, more recently, the pandemic.
In response, the first-ever UN Food Systems Summit has been scheduled for September 2021. The UN Special Envoy to the Summit, has said that the process is meant to build healthier, more inclusive, nutritious, and resilient global food systems over the next decade. However, some farming organizations and human rights groups have raised the alarm that the planned Summit is driven by private sector interests in industrial farming, with the serious risk that decisions arising from the Summit may result in loss of food sovereignty for small-scale farmers around the globe. Read more here.