Toronto Star Examines Efforts of Stephen Lewis Foundation's Grandmother to Grandmother Campaign in Africa
May 28, 2008
The Toronto Star on Monday examined the efforts of the Stephen Lewis Foundation's Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign in Africa, particularly Swaziland. According to the Star, a 12-member delegation of Canadian grandmothers recently traveled across sub-Saharan Africa to record the stories of African grandmothers and AIDS orphans to relay back to Canada (Black, Toronto Star, 5/26).
Delegate Carole Holmes said that "there is something so critical about" HIV/AIDS in Africa, adding that she thinks the epidemic is "being fueled by a lot of things." She added, "Gender inequality is to me one of the major, major things" that is contributing to the spread of HIV. According to the Star, Holmes has committed to one year of speaking and fundraising for the foundation, and she also has said that she wants to lobby the Canadian government to do more to address the issue. "I really think we can get the grandmother movement going ... we can be a large voter group to make a difference to say we care about Africa," Holmes said, adding, "We made some promises to Africa and we can get Canada to keep those promises" (Toronto Star, 5/26).
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