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  • A welcome in Uganda. The Grandmothers Campaign is “like a fire that has spread.” | photo: Twesigye Jackson Kaguri / Stephen Lewis Foundation

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    grandmothers to grandmothers

    by Frances Rooney | December 1, 2008

    On March 7, 2006, the Stephen Lewis Foundation launched its Grandmothers Campaign to respond to Africa’s AIDS epidemic. Today, there are 220 Grandmother groups with more than 8,000 members in Canada. They work to support “grandmothers from Africa, who have humbled us with their super-human responses to unbearable sorrow and hardship” – women who nurse their dying adult children, and raise grandchildren with little help. “A continent in tatters was being stitched back together by grandmothers.”  read more

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  • the first Friday in March: World Day of Prayer

    In 2001, the World Day of Prayer – celebrated the world over by Christians – was associated with a gender-inclusive theme chosen by Samoan women. The women of this island near New Zealand indicate in their prayers that a prayer is not complete without an action following it. read more