Authors’ Bios


Whether it was floods in Mozambique or famine in Malawi, JOANNA HENRY’s job as part of a disaster aid team in Africa begin to make her feel part of a “colonizing” power, fuelled by and serving the interests of western nations. Searching for a better way, she discovered and joined the “feminist, ethical, founded on equity” work of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Her profoundly felt dedication to interviewing the African grandmothers and writing this book was truly “powered by love.” This is Joanna’s first book.

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 lawyer to her years at 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 founded it with her father in 2003. She has been deeply honoured and grateful to learn from the indomitable grandmothers of this remarkable movement, the world over.
The photos in Powered by Love are by Alexis MacDonald, the director of external relations for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Additional professional photographers from across Africa and Canada generously contributed to the book.
All website photos are by Alexis MacDonald, except: Cathie Archbould (Grandmothers Campaign, inside photo); Max Bastard (Grandmothers Rights, Right Now, cover photo); Peter Bregg (Grandmothers Campaign, cover photo); Kristina Laukkanen (Donate, inside photo); & Margaret Wright (About the Book, inside photo of Ilana).

This is the untold story of AIDS in Africa…

Powered By Love: A Grandmothers’ Movement to End AIDS In Africa

Published by Goose Lane Editions

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 stepped in to raise 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.

In 2006, the Stephen Lewis Foundation launched a campaign to engage Canadian grandmothers to support African sisters.  The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, now a movement 10,000 strong, has raised over $25 million that has gone directly into the hands of African grandmothers and the grassroots organizations run by and for them at the frontlines of the AIDS pandemic.

Powered by Love reveals the compelling journey of these indomitable women and a movement that now reaches around the globe, sharing their story in their own words.

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