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ILANA LANDSBERG-LEWIS

Ilana Landsberg-Lewis has spent her entire adult life engaged in the struggle for the rights of women and girls.  From her early days as a human rights and labour lawyer to her years at United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Ilana has worked with women’s groups around the world and has learned that no amount of so-called expertise can replace that of women at the frontlines of their own struggle for justice.  Ilana has been the executive director of the Stephen Lewis Foundation since she co-founded it in 2003.  She has been deeply honoured and grateful to learn from indomitable grandmothers the world over.

PODCASTER

I have spent most of my professional life thinking about how to open up spaces for women, in particular, to talk about the issues that most deeply affect them as the experts they are.  I am not a grandmother yet but for the last ten years, I have been involved in an initiative that brought together 10,000 grandmothers across Canada and is now going global to support African grandmothers who have lost their adult children to AIDS and are raising their orphaned grandchildren.  In the course of my work with this astonishing array of grandmothers, I have been deeply affected by their individual stories of triumph over adversity, no matter where they live in so many different ways.  And at the same time, I have become bewildered by the way in which the significant contributions that grandmothers are making at every level of our lives, personal and public, is pretty much invisible.  I think that podcasting is a powerful way to amplify these grandmothers’ voices, experience and expertise.  We have a lot to learn from them but, more than that, my hope is that a growing awareness of the vital contributions of a whole generation of older women and grandmothers will emerge.  I guess I could have written a book or an article but I have literally thousands of grandmothers voices and stories in my head and I know that nothing is more inspiring and even life-altering than hearing directly from them in their own voices.

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AMPLIFYING VOICES

Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign wins prestigious Geneva Forum for Health Awards, May 2018.

National Best-Seller and winner of the 2018 Atlantic Best Atlantic Published Book Award, Powered By Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS in Africa by Joanna Henry with Ilana Landsberg-Lewis.

This is the untold story of AIDS in Africa.

We thought we knew what was happening in Africa when the AIDS pandemic raged across the continent, sweeping away 35 million lives.  But we never knew it the way this book reveals it, in the shockingly intimate voices of the grandmothers who save their orphaned grandchildren when no one else was left alive.

A dynamic movement of grandmothers rallied in response.  Starting in Canada and spreading across the globe, it now encompasses thousands of grandmothers on several continents.  Together, resolute grandmothers in Africa and around the world are reclaiming hope and courageously saving lives.  Their voices will leap straight into your heart.  Their unguarded faces, in portraits that glow with character, pain and humour, will captivate you. Powered by Love is their story.

Bringing Equality Home: Implementing The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women” (editor)

This groundbreaking booklet chronicles, for the first time, how women around the world have used CEDAW [The Women’s Convention] for the advancement of women’s rights.  From Colombia to Nepal to Zimbabwe and India, women’s rights activists have employed the Convention to change Constitutions, laws and government policies that govern their lives.  It is a significant contribution to the promotion and realisation of women’s human rights.

The United Nations Trust Fund on Violence Against Women (co-originator)

Global to Local: A Programme to bring women activists from around the world into the CEDAW committee chambers (co-originator)

United Nations GLOBE [LGBT Rights Organization] (co-founder)

Stephen Lewis Foundation (co-founder and Executive Director)

  • Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign
  • The Peoples’ Tribunal on Grandmothers’ Human Rights
  • Ask Her Talks

PUBLIC SPEAKER

Ilana is a member of the National Speakers Bureau and can be booked through the Bureau or directly through her website here.

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