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Getting to Know GRAN Issues


We invite you to dig deeper into GRAN issues through these upcoming and previously recorded webinars and online events and resources.

  • Lost in the Noise: Escalating Conflict in the DRC -- Monday, June 10, 10:00 a.m. ET --  Away from the global spotlight, a humanitarian crisis has been unfolding in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a conflict dating back almost three decades sees further escalation. Over 6 million people have been killed and 7 million displaced. Essential services, including healthcare, sanitation, and education, are critically underfunded, exacerbating the suffering of those already grappling with displacement and violence. Women and girls continue to be hardest hit, with already high levels of gender-based and sexual violence further on the rise. Join the Nobel Women's Initiative for a much-needed conversation with Congolese leaders and activists about the situation, and what the international community can and should do to respond.  Click here to register.

  • How the Swiss Women Won: A Conversation with Pia Hollenstein on KlimaSeniorinnen’s Groundbreaking Climate Case -- Tuesday, June 18, 1:00 p.m. ET -- For the past nine years, KlimaSeniorinnen, an association of 2,400 Swiss women over the age of 64, has been working to take Switzerland to court for its climate inaction. This April, they won their case. In a sixteen to one decision, the European Court of Human Rights affirmed that not only is Switzerland not doing enough to protect its population from climate change and its deadly heat, but that this failure to
    act is a violation of its people’s human rights. Climate Legacy is thrilled to be welcoming Pia Hollenstein, one of KlimaSeniorinnen’s co-founders, to share what she learned throughout this groundbreaking case and the years of grassroots work leading up to it.  They will also be welcoming Tracy London, the Executive Director of Ecojustice, who brings a wealth of expertise to contextualize just how big of an impact KlimaSeniorinnen’s case could have here in Canada. Ecojustice is Canada’s largest environmental law charity, and has been a drivingforce behind Mather et. al, a case targeting climate inaction by the Ontario government. Click here to register.

  • Conflict, Hunger, and Humanitarian Access -- Thursday, June 20, 8:00 p.m. ET -- Join Canada Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) on World Refugee Day to learn about how people impacted by humanitarian crises can be forced to flee and struggle to access food. You’ll hear from organizations working on the ground about the challenges of delivering emergency food assistance in these complex situations. And you’ll get a first look at CFGB's new Forced to Flee learning resource to help you gain a better understanding of what people face in situations where their home is no longer a safe place for them to be.  Click here to register.

Links to recordings of past events:

  • Why Canada Must Say "NO!" to Deep-Sea Mining -- Webinar hosted by GRAN Victoria, together with the Victoria Mining Justice Action Committee (MJAC). The two guest speakers are well-known proponents of a moratorium on Deep-Sea Mining: Christopher Pollon, author of Pitfall: The Race to Mine the World’s Most Vulnerable Places, and Catherine Coumans, Research Coordinator at Mining Watch Canada. (June 3, 2024) Video link here.
  • Conversations with My Grandmother -- Ama Deawuo, former Executive Director of SeedChange, speaks at GRAN Hello Friends! and shares a video conversation with her Ghanaian grandmother who has worked the land to grow food for her family and community all her life. (May 15, 2024) Video link here.
  • Investing in Women with ENGAGE Partners -- Webinar hosted by the Coady Institute to highlight the work of five partner organizations in the Global South that are investing in women through education, advocacy, social entrepreneurship and more. (March 8, 2024) Video link here.
  • In Conversation with Elsie Bokaba -- GRAN Learning Event on the unique environmental values that African grandmothers hold and the contributions they can make in tackling the environmental crisis in the Global South. (February 1, 2024)  Video link here.
  • Food Security: Root Causes and Pathways to Change -- CBC Radio Ideas podcast with host Nahlah Ayed. Online article with audio link available here. (54 minutes)
  • What Does Food Insecurity Look Like? Some Examples from Liberia  -- Presentation by GRAN Anne Gardner (November 2023) Power Point slides available here.
  • Hunger Hurts: Local and Global Paths to Food Justice -- Panel discussion hosted in Toronto by GTA GRAN with guest speakers from Daily Bread Food Bank, SeedChange, ONE Canada, and GRAN (October 19, 2023)  Note: The event recording is available in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2
  • The Role of Agroecology and Food Sovereignty in Building Just and Sustainable Food Systems -- GRAN Learning Event with guest speaker Leticia Ama Deawuo, Executive Director of SeedChange Canada. (October 5, 2023)  Video link here.
  • Meeting Your MP -- GRAN Skills-Building Event with MP Anita Vandenbeld (May 25, 2023).  The video link is available to GRAN members in the Advocacy Toolbox (located under the Resources tab). Member log-in is required.
  • Global Food Justice? Decolonizing the Paths Forward -- GRAN Learning Event with Dr. Elizabeth Vibert (April 4, 2023)  Video link here.
  • Fresh Food, Distressed Planet -- Webinar hosted by BCCIC (February 7, 2023)  GRAN co-founder Peggy Edwards was one of three panelists exploring women’s lived realities and leadership in food security, gender equality, the climate crisis and peace.  Video link here.
  • Indigenous Perspectives on Seed Sovereignty -- Webinar co-hosted by York University and SeedChange (January 19, 2023) Video link here.
  • Crises and Trends to Watch in 2023 -- Webinar hosted by The New Humanitarian (January 13, 2023)  Video link here.
  • Global Hunger Crisis -- The Walrus Talks series (October 18, 2022, Ottawa)  Video link here.
  • Presentation by HelpAge Canada with Executive Director Greggor Sneddon (May 25, 2022) Video link here
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Apartheid: Its Roots and Consequences with Dr. Madhukar Pai (April 20, 2022). Video link here.
  • Global Food Security and the Ukraine Crisis with Dr. Jennifer Clapp, Canada Research Chair in Global Food Security and Sustainability (March 29, 2022)  Video link here.
  • Growing Her Future: Climate Financing and Global Food Security with Canadian Foodgrains Bank (October 26, 2021).  Video link here.
  • Saving the Okavango Delta Panel Discussion with activists Ina-Maria Shikongo and Rob Parker and MP Elizabeth May (May 28, 2021)  Video link here.
  • GRAN Food Sovereignty Presentation with Dr. Elizabeth Vibert (April 28, 2021)  Video link here.
  • GRAN Climate Justice Presentation with Dr. Louise Comeau (January 27, 2021)  Video link here.   


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updated 05/2024