Speeches

Please find below a small selection of speeches by Stephen Lewis. Mr. Lewis makes dozens of speeches a year, many of which are not directly related to his role as Chair of the Board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. This is a small collection of speeches he has made recently about the AIDS pandemic and related issues.

These speeches may be reprinted, distributed, quoted, or copied as long as it is not for commercial use and they are properly sourced.

To browse older speeches, click on a year from the list on the right.

The First African Grandmothers' Gathering by Stephen Lewis

Remarks from Stephen Lewis on the Occasion of the First African Grandmothers' Gathering, May 6th-8th, 2010

May 07, 2010


The First African Grandmothers' Gathering, Swaziland

Your Majesty, the Queen Mother of Swaziland, the Honourable Prime Minister, the Honourable Deputy Prime Minister, and all other esteemed dignitaries here assembled, and above all, the grandmothers of Africa and Canada:

Crisis in the Congo: Keynote Address by Stephen Lewis

February 19, 2010


Center for Media and Democracy, St. Michael's College, Vermont

Watch a video of Stephen Lewis' keynote address to the participants of 'Crisis in the Congo', a day focusing on one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time. The speech was part of a  series of events sponsored by the Vermont Global Health Coalitioin and St. Michael's College.

Lewis says Uganda's anti-gay Bill must go

Remarks by Stephen Lewis, Co-Director of AIDS-Free World delivered at the Commonwealth People's Forum on the eve of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 10:00 a.m.

November 27, 2009


Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

This is a moment of truth for the Commonwealth. The anti-homosexuality Private Member’s Bill introduced into the parliament of Uganda, and now proceeding through the normal legislative process, puts the Commonwealth’s legitimacy and integrity to the test.

Speech by Stephen Lewis at the International AIDS Society Conference

Speech by Stephen Lewis, co-Director, AIDS-Free World, delivered at the opening of the International AIDS Society Conference on Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention

July 20, 2009


Cape Town, South Africa

In my younger days, decades upon decades ago, we were consumed by the threat of nuclear annihilation. The forces of darkness, East and West, seemed in the ascendance. The Doomsday clock inched its way to midnight.

Remarks by Stephen Lewis at the "Portraits of War: The Democratic Republic of Congo" photo exhibit

Lewis criticizes Secretary-General of the UN for failure to combat violence against the women of the Congo. Stephen Lewis delivered this speech in his capacity as Co-Director of AIDS-Free World.

June 29, 2009


Rayburn House, Washington, DC

Many years ago, I did a series of radio interviews for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) with writers who had produced works of fiction on the Holocaust … the likes of George Steiner, William Styron, D.M. Thomas, Elie Wiesel. The series was called ‘Art out of Agony’, and was further enhanced by interviews with exponents of sculpture and film.

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Overduin: Standing with the grandmothers September 18, 2013

Mia Overduin, Ottawa Citizen

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