African Grandmothers Gathering, May 2010

"I am positive and I am free"

African Grandmothers’ Gathering, Day 2 “I am positive and I am free” says a South African Grandmother. Day two of the Gathering was both exciting and exhausting, filled with intense joy and heartbreaking sadness. 500 grandmothers from 13 African countries … Continue reading

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Manzini Statement

On May 8th, 2010 the grandmothers of Africa, assembled in Manzini, Swaziland for the first ever African Grandmothers’ Gathering, tabled the following clarion call to the world, demanding action and recognition for the pivotal role they are playing in the … Continue reading


Filling Big Shoes for children in South Africa

On May 3rd and 4th, the 42 Canadian grandmothers  –  in South Africa and Swaziland for the Grandmothers’ Gathering – broke into small groups and went to visit projects around Johannesburg that are supported by the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Eight … Continue reading


Celebration and Ceremony: Day One at the African Grandmothers’ Gathering

The first day of the African Grandmothers Gathering started early. A 9:00 am registration at the Convention Centre meant that all of us had to be awake and fed and on the buses by 8:30am. This might sound like an … Continue reading

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Remarks from Stephen Lewis, Chair of the Board, on the occasion of the first African Grandmothers’ Gathering, Swaziland, May 6-8

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: I can’t begin to express how sorry I … Continue reading


The Time Has Come: Manzini, May 2010

In 2006, the Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) hosted the first ever Grandmothers Gathering. We thought that the event couldn’t be matched. It brought together 200 Canadian grandmothers from the fledgling Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign with 100 African grandmothers and project … Continue reading