About Us

About Us

Toronto Grandmothers Gathering March, 2006

Photo Credit: Liz Marshall

Description: Toronto Grandmothers Gathering, 2006

Location: Toronto, Canada

African Grandmothers Gathering, Eswatini, 2010

Photo Credit: Peter Bregg

Description: African Grandmothers Gathering, Eswatini, 2010

Location: Manzini, Eswatini

Arrival for the African Grandmothers Tribunal, Vancouver, Canada, 2013

Photo Credit: Cathie Archbould

Description: African Grandmothers Tribunal, 2013

Location: Vancouver, Canada

Uganda Grandmothers Gathering March, 2015

Photo Credit: Edward Echwalu

Description: Uganda Grandmothers Gathering, 2015

Location: Entebbe, Uganda

South Africa Grandmothers Gathering March, 2016

Photo Credit: Max Bastard

Description: South Africa Grandmothers Gathering, 2016

Location: Durban, South Africa

Grandmothers Flash Mobs, 2016

Photo Credit: Stephen Bowes

Description: Greater Van Gogos Flash Mob, 2016

Location: Surrey, Canada

Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering March, 2018

Photo Credit: Alexis MacDonald/SLF

Description: Tanzania Grandmothers Gathering, 2018

Location: Arusha, Tanzania

Grandmothers and grandothers raising funds and awareness through the annual Stride to turn the tide walk.

Photo Credit: Alexis MacDonald/SLF

Description: Halton Stride walk, 2012

Location: Oakville, Canada

The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign was launched in 2006, as an initiative of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, in response to the emerging crisis faced by African grandmothers. Since 2006, more than $36 million has been raised in support of grandmothers and the community-based organizations who support them in sub-Saharan Africa. In the face of discrimination based on gender, age, and HIV status, they are courageous advocates for their families and communities.

The Stephen Lewis Foundation is a progressive, feminist organization rooted in the principles of social justice, international solidarity, and substantive equality. The SLF was created with the express purpose of supporting community-based organizations working on the frontlines of the AIDS pandemic in sub-Saharan Africa.

Since 2003, the SLF has partnered with 325 community-based organizations on more than 1800 initiatives in the 15 countries that have been hardest hit by the AIDS pandemic in Africa.

Many of these grassroots organizations were originally formed by small groups of individuals responding to the crisis AIDS had wrought in their own lives and in the lives of their neighbours. Over the years, they have developed into thriving organizations with deep connections to their communities. The SLF’s community-based partners are turning the tide of HIV and AIDS by providing care and support to women, children orphaned by AIDS, LGBTIQ communities, grandmothers and people living with HIV and AIDS.

Starting with just a few groups in Canada, the Grandmothers Campaign now includes 10,000 grandmothers and grandothers in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Grandmothers groups organize fundraising events and activities and act in solidarity with the grandmothers and the SLF’s community-based partners in sub-Saharan Africa.

This international grandmothers movement amplifies the voices and expertise of African grandmother leaders and shows the world that grandmothers have a critical role to play in reclaiming hope and rebuilding resilience.