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This blog first appeared in the Huffington Post Canada here .

By Peggy Edwards, Grandmothers Advocacy Network

On a rainy weekend in mid-September global leaders vowed to help “end HIV/AIDS for good” by pledging a total of US$12.9 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria during the Fifth Replenishment Conference , hosted by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The Grandmothers Advocacy Network applauds this commitment and Canada’s leadership in making this happen. However, we are far from “ending it for good.” Indeed, this laudable goal will not be achieved without a deliberate effort to include people of all genders and ages — including older women.

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