Ilana Landsberg-Lewis (Photo by Davida Nemeroff/Chatelaine)

About Ilana Landsberg-Lewis

In 2003, Ilana Landsberg-Lewis joined with her father, Stephen Lewis, to establish a Foundation that would work directly with grassroots organizations in sub-Saharan Africa in their struggle to turn the tide of AIDS. The Stephen Lewis Foundation has to date funded over 1100 initiatives, partnering with over 300 community-based organizations in 15 countries.

Ilana Landsberg-Lewis is a labour and human rights lawyer. Prior to the creation of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Ilana spent eight years at the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), working to strengthen the UN’s implementation of the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Ilana assisted grassroots women’s groups around the world to use human rights conventions in their battles against gender violence. She also co-created a programme to bring grassroots activists into the CEDAW Committee to speak directly to their experiences, a practice so powerful that it is now integrated into CEDAW’s official proceedings. Ilana was instrumental in launching the United Nation’s Trust Fund on Violence Against Women.

In 2009, Ilana received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award for International Development and was named one of the Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada in 2012.


Grandmothers on the march for HIV/AIDS awareness October 8, 2015

Catherine Byaruhanga, BBC Africa

Successful Pride Partnership will bring leading HIV & AIDS activists to Canada October 5, 2015

Staff, Stephen Lewis Foundation,

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