Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign

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Canadian Grandmothers in Uganda

Members of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in Canada and the United Kingdom were invited to the Ugandan Grandmothers Gathering as special observers. As representatives of thousands of grandmothers and grandothers, they listened, learned and stood in solidarity with the grandmothers of Uganda.

“The strength and learning we bring back with us is like a fire that burns brighter than before. It pushes us to light more fires and strengthen our connections to grandmothers in Uganda, and across Africa.”

—Carol Barnhardt, Guelph, ON

“The Ugandan grandmothers spoke with such a sense of power in their voices. They wanted to be heard, and in the workshops and in plenary they spoke about the need for legal intervention to protect their land, the need for income-generating initiatives that meet the needs of all Jajas [grandmothers] in their communities, and their commitment to push for the faster roll-out of government social assistance.”

—Penny Lewis, Richmond, BC

“One of the things that I know I’ll always carry with me is the deep sense of trust and hope with which so many Jajas shared their HIV positive status. To be able to stand up in a session with nearly 100 people, and say ‘I am HIV positive and I will challenge stigma,’ and for us as members of the Campaign to be taken into that trust, drives my commitment and passion so much deeper.”

—Jo-Anne Page, Toronto, ON

Get involved in the Grandmothers Campaign

Would you like to join a grandmothers group? Or start your own? We’d love to welcome you into the Campaign! We can connect you with a group in your area, or provide you with the resources and guidance to start your own.

Would you like to support your local grandmothers group? Visit to see a calendar of events near you, send us an email, or call us at 1-888-203-9990 ext. 309!

The Campaign at Ten Years!

2016 will mark the ten year anniversary of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign in Canada. It was in 2006 that the SLF brought together 100 African and 200 Canadian grandmothers for the first-ever Grandmothers Gathering. It was a watershed moment—three days of workshops on topics ranging from grief to stigma to parenting, run by the African grandmothers themselves. Grandmothers from across Canada vowed “we will not rest until they can rest” and an international solidarity movement was born.

Since then, 240 grandmothers groups have blossomed across Canada, and in the United Kingdom and Australia. Together these groups have raised over $22 million for the African community-based organizations that are the lifeline for countless African grandmothers and the children in their care.

Over the next year, the SLF and grandmothers groups everywhere will be holding special events to mark the anniversary: reflecting on the past ten years, building increased awareness of African grandmothers as a force for change in their communities and on the continent, and—most urgently—raising the funds necessary for these women to truly turn the tide of AIDS in Africa.

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