GRAN members take action to raise public awareness and influence policy-makers on three issues:

1. Ensuring access to affordable medicines

2. Improving access to education

3. Ending violence against women and girls


Access to Medicines

• We raise awareness among GRAN members and their communities about national and international issues that affect access to affordable medicines, such as the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and Trade Agreements, and we call on our supporters to join our campaigns to impact those issues

• We write letters to MPs, present briefs in the House of Commons to draw attention to Canada’s global health responsibilities 


• We work with friends and allies such as Médecins Sans Frontières, the Global Fund Advocates Network, the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development and the Canadian HIV/AID Legal Action Network, to amplify our voices and raise our impact


Improving Access to Education

• We raise awareness on the importance of investments for education to deliver quality education to all girls and boys so they will have a better tomorrow (keeping girls in schools is often cited as a top concern by African grandmothers)

• We advocate for Canada’s fair share to funding the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) in support of quality education, education in conflict areas and the promotion of girls’ education

• We partner with organizations such as the Canadian International Education Partnership Working Group (CIEPWG) to amplify our voices and raise our impact


Ending violence against women and girls

• In Sub-Saharan Africa, violence against women is both a cause and a consequence of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, making grandmothers and the children in their care particularly vulnerable

• We support the annual United Nations Orange Campaign against Violence against Women and Girls asking governments, organizations, and people all over the world to mobilize action domestically and globally

• We raise awareness of the prevalence of Child Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM) in Sub-Saharan Africa and promote a comprehensive approach to ending CEFM that links human rights with national and international laws and the global campaign to end CEFM

• We partner with organizations such as Girls not Brides and Women, Peace and Security Network-Canada to amplify our voices and raise our impact.