Stephen Lewis speaks at the Grandmothers Gathering in 2006 (Photo by John di Costanzo-DueGood)

Past Events

The Stephen Lewis Foundation has organized several events since its inception in 2003, aimed at bringing attention to the incredible efforts of grassroots organizations in Africa to turn the tide of AIDS in their communities. Browse the list below to learn more about the inspiring events that have brought together grandmothers, activists, artists, and experts to share information and experiences about the struggle in the face of the AIDS epidemic. 

The Unsung S/heroes Photography Exhibit, May-June 2017

Photographs of African Grandmothers at the heart of the response to the AIDS pandemic.

Grandmothers Flash Mobs, Dec. 2016

On World AIDS Day (Dec 1), hundreds of grandmothers and grandothers across Canada participated in a nationwide series of flash mob.

Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign 10 Year Anniversary, 2016

For 10 years the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign has supported African community-based organizations.

International AIDS Conference, July 2016

Together with its partner organizations, the Foundation brought grassroots expertise to the fore at #AIDS2016. 

South Africa Grandmothers Gathering, July 2016

This Gathering brought together hundreds of South African Gogos (grandmothers) to call for the provision of their human rights!

Ask Her Talks, Nov. 2015

The second installment of the Ask Her Talks speaker series took place before sold-out crowds in Edmonton, Winnipeg and Toronto and featured a new slate of African women experts.

Ugandan Grandmothers Gathering, Oct. 2015

This historic Gathering in Entebbe brought together hundreds of grandmothers from across Uganda to lay claim to their rights! 

Ask Her Talks, May 2015

The inaugural Ask Her Talks featured five dynamic African women leaders, speaking on philanthropy, change and power to audiences in Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa. 

Arts Academy, February 2014

The Academy brings community arts practitioners to Toronto to participate in ground-breaking workshops.

Arts Academy, May 2014

The Academy brings community arts practitioners to Toronto to participate in ground-breaking workshops.

African Grandmothers Tribunal, Sep. 2013

This Tribunal featured personal testimony from six African Grandmothers, and shone a public light on the denial of their human rights.

Hope Rising! Nov. 2012

The second of two phenomenal Hope Rising! concerts, this event featured unforgettable performances from Angélique Kidjo, Sarah McLachlan, Annie Lennox, and more! 

Arts Fund, Dec. 2011

This event celebrated the launch of the Arts Fund, which celebrates the innovative use of the arts by African grassroots organizations working at the frontlines of the AIDS epidemic.


Hope Rising! May, 2011

The first Hope Rising! was broadcast on CBC, and featured performances from Alicia Keys, K’NAAN, Angélique Kidjo, Rufus Wainwright Jully Black, Lorraine Segato and Holly Cole. 

Women at Panzi Hospital by Paula Allen V-Day

African Grandmothers Caravan, Sep. - Nov. 2010

Dozens of Canadian communities hear from African grandmothers and granddaughters affected by HIV & AIDS. 

African Grandmothers Gathering, May 2010

Five hundred grandmothers from across sub-Saharan Africa and 42 Canadian grandmothers take part in the first African Grandmothers’ Gathering.

Great Canadian Conversation About HIV/AIDS in Africa, Dec. 2010

CBC's Anna-Maria Tremonti moderates a provocative conversation with Stephen Lewis about the effects of HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Granny Educational Trip to Africa, Feb. 2008

A delegation of Canadian grandmothers traveled to Uganda, South Africa and Swaziland to visit SLF-funded projects firsthand and meet with African grandmothers and their orphaned grandchildren.

Ending Sexual Violence in the DRC, Nov. 2008

An intimate evening with Stephen Lewis, Eve Ensler (Vagina Monologues playwright  and founder of  V-Day) and Dr. Denis Mukwege (founder and Director of the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, DRC).

First Grandmothers Gathering, Aug. 2006

On the eve of the XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto, 100 African Grandmothers and 200 Canadian grandmothers gathered for two days of workshops and a historic march.


Ugandan LGBT activist says threats and violence won't stop the fight for civil rights October 4, 2019

Brent Bambury, Toronto, CBC Radio

Civil rights movement intensifies as hate crimes increase in LGBTQ communities in Africa September 10, 2019

SLF, Toronto, GlobeNewswire

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