Book Launch: The Grandmothers' Movement, Solidarity and Survival in the Time of AIDS with May Chazan

2015 02 Jun
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Book Launch: The Grandmothers' Movement, Solidarity and Survival in the Time of AIDS with May Chazan

At the height of the African AIDS crisis older women mobilized across two continents and an ocean of difference to change the lives of innumerable African women confronting insecurity, violence, grief, and illness. 

In 2006 the Stephen Lewis Foundation launched its Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, seeking to organize Canadians in solidarity with "Africa's grandmothers" - older caregivers who had lost their children to AIDS and were left to raise their grandchildren. Four years later, some 10,000 Canadians had joined the campaign. May Chazan's The Grandmothers' Movement explores the encounters, ideas, and circumstances that shaped this remarkable story of solidarity and struggle. Based on interviews, family trees, personal journals, and archival materials, Chazan provides the first analysis of the movement. Through personal reflections and powerful vignettes from nearly a decade of participation in grandmothers' lives in South Africa and Canada, she presents untold narratives and brings new humanity to the AIDS crisis in Africa.

The Grandmothers' Movement tells a story of hope while challenging conventional understandings of the global AIDS response, solidarity, and old age. It is about the power of older women to alter their own lives through collective action and about the influence of transnational cooperation to effect positive global change.

Come join music and snacks and hear the author give a short talk and slide show about the experience of doing research with community organizers and older women in South Africa and Canada.

Tuesday, June 2 2015
Octopus Books Centretown
251 Bank St. 2nd Floor

This event is co-funded through the Canada Research chairs program, Carleton University's Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and McGill-Queen's University Press.

Royalties will be donated to the Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust.

Chazan delivers a nuanced analysis of local politics in a globalized setting. She effectively pulls together connections among women and community as she fills the pages with stories of grief, endurance, resistance, and achievement - in short, what it is to live within the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”  - Pamela Moss, University of Victoria

A very important contribution to literature on feminism, international development, and South Africa.” - Allison Goebel, Queen’s University

About the Author

May Chazan is Canada Research Chair in Gender and Feminist Studies at Trent University and is a research associate with the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

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