Grannies marching in Swaziland (Photo by Andrea Chow)

African Grandmothers Gathering

On May 6-8 2010, five hundred grandmothers from across sub-Saharan Africa and 42 Canadian grandmothers joined together in Swaziland for the first international Grandmothers’ Gathering on the continent. On May 8, 2,000 grandmothers united in solidarity for a march through the city of Manzini, to call for support and action the world over for their struggle at the frontlines of the AIDS epidemic to create a hopeful future for their families.

African grandmothers congregated to share their experiences and concerns, and to lay the groundwork for a strong regional network to help one another as they strive to turn the tide of AIDS. These courageous women, who are caring for scores of grandchildren orphaned by AIDS, made their voices heard, amplifying the urgent need for increased support, recognition of their leadership, and the pivotal role they play in resurrecting families and communities so damaged by the AIDS epidemic. The African Grandmothers’ Gathering provided these remarkable women with the opportunity to talk about the advances made in their work and their understanding of the role of grandmothers in the context of the AIDS epidemic, and to identify ways forward in programming, advocacy, policy and funding at the regional, country and community levels.

The final outcome of the Gathering was the Manzini Statement, a clarion call to the world to recognize and support grandmothers across Africa who are holding their families and communities together.


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