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Grandmother Power Author at Mills Health Center

grandmother_powerIn conjunction with National Grandparents’ Day on Sept. 8, acclaimed photojournalist and author Paola Gianturco will speak and sign copies of her book, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon, on Sept. 7, at Mills Health Center in San Mateo.

Organized by the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF) USA and the African American Community Health Advisory Committee and sponsored by Mills-Peninsula Health Services, the event is a benefit for the AWDF’s Mother Africa campaign, which helps African grandmothers who are supporting children orphaned by AIDS.

Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon chronicles stories of grandmothers around the world who are stepping up as leaders and working together to create a better future for their communities’ children.

Gianturco said she was inspired to create the book after interviewing women across Africa in 2006. “I met so many grandmothers who were raising grandchildren who had been orphaned by AIDS,” she says. “These grandmothers were grieving the deaths of their own children, and yet they were managing to care for as many as 15 grandchildren at the same time. I thought they were heroic, and I believe that the future of the African continent rests in their hands.”

Gianturco researched other countries and discovered more than 70 groups of grandmothers in 30 countries, all collaborating to make the future better for grandchildren. The book captures these stories, such as a group of grandmothers in Guatemala who formed and operate a child abuse hotline, and grandmothers in Senegal who are organizing to stop female genital mutilation.

“This wonderful book chronicles the leadership role that grandmothers are taking on in communities, families and in societies,” says Jackie Copeland-Carson, executive director of AWDF USA. “We are excited to share the stories from this growing international movement and to support these courageous grandmothers from around the world.”

Gianturco is donating all of her author royalties from the book to the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which will help grandmothers in 15 African countries who are raising children orphaned by AIDS.

Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013
2-5 p.m.
Mills Health Center, Hendrickson Auditorium
100 South San Mateo Drive
San Mateo

Tickets: $30 each (tax-deductible). Click here to purchase tickets online.


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