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.

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. She also received the UofT - University College's Alumni of Influence award in 2016.

News

Vuyiseka Dubula-Majola: Stellies Africa Centre director a recipient of Franco-German prize November 23, 2018

Staff Writer / South Africa, Cape Times

Include women-led organizations in Canada’s reproductive health projects July 20, 2017

MUSIMBI KANYORO and THEO SOWA, The Globe and Mail

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