Our Herstory

Grandmothers Campaign

Milestones

2006-2018

2006 – Toronto Grandmothers Gathering

2010 – eSwatini Grandmothers Gathering

2010 – AfriGrand Caravan

2013 – African Grandmothers Tribunal

2015 – Uganda Grandmothers Gathering

2016 – South Africa Grandmothers Gathering

2017 – Powered by Love Book

2018 – Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering

The Grandmothers Gatherings

The First Grandmothers Gathering

In 2006, on the eve of the 16th International AIDS conference in Toronto, Canada, 200 Canadian Grandmothers came to hear directly from 100 African Grandmothers, and it was the dawn of a new movement. Click below to read their powerful action statement of solidarity.

eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) Grandmothers Gathering

In 2010, 500 Grandmothers from 13 African countries congregated for three days of workshops, meetings, activities and a triumphant march. They came together to compare notes, network and chart a course forward. Click below to read their powerful statement.

AfriGrand Caravan

In 2010, the Stephen Lewis Foundation traveled across Canada with African Grandmothers and Granddaughters orphaned by AIDS. The AfriGrand Caravan created a forum for these women to tell their stories and share their strategies, challenges and triumphs in dealing with the ravages of AIDS.

African Grandmothers Tribunal: seeking justice at the frontlines of the AIDS crisis

The African Grandmothers Tribunal provided a prominent international forum for the Grandmothers to bravely take the podium to testify about the human rights violations they experienced as a result of the AIDS pandemic. With prominent “judges” (such as Gloria Steinem) present to provide conclusions that the Grandmothers could take home and use in their advocacy work.

Uganda Grandmothers Gathering

In 2015, 500 Grandmothers from across Uganda made history in Entebbe as they came together for the country’s first national Grandmothers Gathering.

South Africa Grandmothers Gathering

On the eve of the 21st International AIDS conference in Durban, South Africa, Grandmothers from across the country came together to say “Nothing about us without us.” At the end of the Gathering, 2000 South African Grandmothers marched to the doors of the International AIDS conference to demand that their voices be heard.

Powered by Love:

A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa

We thought we knew what was happening in Africa when the AIDS pandemic raged across the continent, sweeping away 35 million lives. But we never knew it the way this book reveals it, in the shockingly intimate voices of the Grandmothers who saved their orphaned grandchildren, while grieving the loss of their adult children.

A dynamic movement of Grandmothers rallied in response. Starting in Canada and spreading across the globe, it now encompasses thousands of Grandmothers on several continents. Together, resolute Grandmothers in Africa and around the world are reclaiming hope and courageously saving lives. Their voices will leap straight into your heart. Powered By Love is their story.

Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering

Determined and excited, 200 Tanzanian Grandmothers from across the country gathered in Arusha, Tanzania, to hammer out an agenda for change. They came to demand a seat at the table where decisions and policies are being made that affect them and the multitude of children in their care.