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Whether it was floods in Mozambique or famine in Malawi, Joanna Henry's job as part of a disaster aid team in Africa began 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 books 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. Alexis MacDonald is the director of external relations for the Stephen Lewis Foundation and a Toronto-based photographer. Michele Landsberg began her career with The Globe and Mail in the 1960s and moved to Chatelaine Magazine in the 70s, under the editorship of Doris Anderson, before moving to the Star. She continues her work as an activist, and is a regular reviewer of children's books on CBC Radio. Michele lives in Toronto with her husband, Stephen Lewis.
"If you're looking for a book that renews your faith in humanity,
this is it." - Atlantic Books Today - 20171020
"Powered by Love is humbling and devastating and galvanising. It is testament not only to the power of love but to the power of older women to change the world." - Understorey Magazine - 20171103
"Powered by Love brings the collective power of love and unity to life in an otherwise bleak world...a must read." - The Brunswickan - 20171101
"Powered by Love is the untold account of AIDS in Africa. And it's an inspired glimpse into a social movement that has held hands, wiped tears, emboldened communities, provided hope and helped sustain a continent." - See Change Magazine - 20171218
"The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign is truly an inspiring and innovative movement, mobilizing a grandmother's fierce love for her family to challenge AIDS in Africa. Powered by Love shares heartfelt testimonies of women who transformed their loss into a powerful narrative." - Kofi Annan Foundation - 20180314
"Powered by Love is a book that will both break your heart wide open and inspire you." - T.J. Banks - A&U Magazine - 20180613