This moving documentary from the Stephen Lewis Foundation shines a light on the urgent need to provide better protection for the human rights of African grandmothers. Grandmothers are the primary caregivers for millions of children left orphaned and vulnerable by HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. But their ability to care for these children, and for themselves, is greatly compromised by the effects of gender- and age-based discrimination.
This film centres on a 2013 People's Tribunal held in Vancouver, BC which provided a public platform for grandmothers to voice their human rights' claims. The film sends a timely message: a rights-based response to the HIV and AIDS crisis is necessary to build a sustainable future for sub-Saharan Africa. Interventions can't be limited to reducing new infections, but must also incorporate strategies for rebuilding and strengthening lives, families and communities. For more, visit africangrandmotherstribunal.org/