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Grandmother Power Explored Around The Globe on Monday's Access Utah

Photojournalist Paola Gianturco says that an unheralded grandmothers' movement is changing the world & that insurgent grandmothers are using their power to fight for a better future for grandchildren everywhere. Her book, “Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon” features 120 activist grandmothers in 15 countries on five continents. Grandmothers in Canada, Swaziland, and South Africa are collaborating to care for AIDS orphans. Grandmothers in Senegal have convinced communities to abandon female genital mutilation. Grandmothers in India are becoming solar engineers to bring light to their villages while those in Peru, Thailand, and Laos are sustaining weaving traditions.


Argentine grandmothers continue their 40-year search for grandchildren who were kidnapped during the nation's military dictatorship, while Filipino grandmothers demand justice for having been forced into sex slavery during World War II. Guatemalan grandmothers operate a hotline and teach parenting. Israeli grandmothers monitor checkpoints to prevent abuse. And indigenous grandmothers from thirteen countries conduct healing rituals to bring peace to the world. For the past 16 years, Paola Gianturco has worked as a photojournalist, documenting women’s lives in 55 countries. Gianturco is giving 100% of her author royalties from this book to the Grandmothers Campaign of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which benefits grandmothers raising AIDS orphans in 15 African countries. She will give a presentation on September 28th at 1:30 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Public Library as a part of the Utah Humanities Council Book Festival.


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