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Whether fighting for the environment, human rights, education, health, or cultural preservation, a new generation of activist grandmothers across the world are using their strength, wisdom, and hearts to make a difference.

An unheralded grandmothers' movement is changing the world. Insurgent grandmothers are using their power to fight for a better future for grandchildren everywhere. And they are succeeding. Grandmother Power profiles activist grandmothers in fifteen countries on five continents who tell their compelling stories in their own words.

Grandmothers in Canada, Swaziland, and South Africa collaborate to care for AIDS orphans. Grandmothers in Senegal convince communities to abandon female genital mutilation. Grandmothers in India become solar engineers and bring light to their villages while those in Peru, Thailand, and Laos sustain weaving traditions. Grandmothers in Argentina teach children to love books and reading. Other Argentine grandmothers continue their 40-year search for grandchildren who were kidnapped during the nation's military dictatorship. Irish grandmothers teach children to sow seeds and cook with fresh, local ingredients. Filipino grandmothers demand justice for having been forced into sex slavery during World War II. Guatemalan grandmothers operate a hotline and teach parenting. In the Middle East, Israeli grandmothers monitor checkpoints to prevent abuse and the UAE's most popular television show stars four animated grandmothers who are surprised by contemporary life. Indigenous grandmothers from thirteen countries conduct healing rituals to bring peace to the world.

Gianturco's full-color images and her heroines' amazing tales make Grandmother Power an inspiration for everyone, and it cements the power of grandmothers worldwide. Please visit http://globalgrandmotherpower.com/ for additional information.

All author royalties will be donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation's Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign, which provides grants to African grandmothers who are raising AIDS orphans.

Review:

"When Siphiwe Hlophe lost her scholarship for graduate studies after testing HIV positive, she launched an organization in Swaziland that currently has 9,500 members, most of whom, like her, are grandmothers raising children whose parents died of AIDS. In Canada, the Grandmother-to-Grandmother program provides financial assistance to African grandmothers caring for AIDs orphans and fosters bonds of friendship. While grandmothers have traditionally been the support of beleaguered families, photographer-documentarian Gianturco (Women Who Light the Dark) contends that this is the first time they have campaigned universally for political, social, and economic change. It is not necessary to share Gianturco's belief in the existence of a worldwide grandmothers movement to be inspired and often charmed by the 120 courageous women she has interviewed and photographed, among them the Abuelas of the Plaza de Mayo who search for and find missing grandchildren stolen from their families during Argentina's murderous military dictatorship and the sari-clad Grandmother Solar Engineers from India who bring electricity to hundreds of villages off the grid in Asia and Africa. Visually captivating, this is an excellent gift book for feminists and other progressives with global perspective. Royalties from the book's sale will be donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation's Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign. 225 color photos. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Whether fighting for the environment, human rights, education, health, or cultural preservation, a new generation of activist grandmothers across the world are using their strength, wisdom, and hearts to make a difference.

An unheralded grandmothers' movement is changing the world. Insurgent grandmothers are using their power to fight for a better future for grandchildren everywhere. And they are succeeding. Grandmother Power profiles activist grandmothers in fifteen countries on five continents who tell their compelling stories in their own words.

Grandmothers in Canada, Swaziland, and South Africa collaborate to care for AIDS orphans. Grandmothers in Senegal convince communities to abandon female genital mutilation. Grandmothers in India become solar engineers and bring light to their villages while those in Peru, Thailand, and Laos sustain weaving traditions. Grandmothers in Argentina teach children to love books and reading. Other Argentine grandmothers continue their 40-year search for grandchildren who were kidnapped during the nation's military dictatorship. Irish grandmothers teach children to sow seeds and cook with fresh, local ingredients. Filipino grandmothers demand justice for having been forced into sex slavery during World War II. Guatemalan grandmothers operate a hotline and teach parenting. In the Middle East, Israeli grandmothers monitor checkpoints to prevent abuse and the UAE's most popular television show stars four animated grandmothers who are surprised by contemporary life. Indigenous grandmothers from thirteen countries conduct healing rituals to bring peace to the world.

Gianturco's full-color images and her heroines' amazing tales make Grandmother Power an inspiration for everyone, and it cements the power of grandmothers worldwide. Please visit http://globalgrandmotherpower.com/ for additional information.

All author royalties will be donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation's Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign, which provides grants to African grandmothers who are raising AIDS orphans.

About the Author

Paola Gianturco, a grandmother herself, has documented women’s lives in 55 countries. Her work has been exhibited at UNESCO’s Paris headquarters; United Nations’ New York headquarters; Chicago’s Field Museum; San Francisco’s International Museum of Women; and many other venues. powerHouse Books has published Gianturco’s Women Who Light the Dark (2007), ¡Viva Colores! A Salute to the Indomitable People of Guatemala (2006), Celebrating Women (2004), and In Her Hands, Craftswomen Changing the World (2004).

Product Details

ISBN:
9781576876114
Author:
Gianturco, Paola
Publisher:
powerHouse Books
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
PHOTOGRAPHY / General
Publication Date:
20120931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
225 COLOR PHOTOS
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
11.28 x 8.67 x 1.07 in 3.06 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "When Siphiwe Hlophe lost her scholarship for graduate studies after testing HIV positive, she launched an organization in Swaziland that currently has 9,500 members, most of whom, like her, are grandmothers raising children whose parents died of AIDS. In Canada, the Grandmother-to-Grandmother program provides financial assistance to African grandmothers caring for AIDs orphans and fosters bonds of friendship. While grandmothers have traditionally been the support of beleaguered families, photographer-documentarian Gianturco (Women Who Light the Dark) contends that this is the first time they have campaigned universally for political, social, and economic change. It is not necessary to share Gianturco's belief in the existence of a worldwide grandmothers movement to be inspired and often charmed by the 120 courageous women she has interviewed and photographed, among them the Abuelas of the Plaza de Mayo who search for and find missing grandchildren stolen from their families during Argentina's murderous military dictatorship and the sari-clad Grandmother Solar Engineers from India who bring electricity to hundreds of villages off the grid in Asia and Africa. Visually captivating, this is an excellent gift book for feminists and other progressives with global perspective. Royalties from the book's sale will be donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation's Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign. 225 color photos. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Whether fighting for the environment, human rights, education, health, or cultural preservation, a new generation of activist grandmothers across the world are using their strength, wisdom, and hearts to make a difference.

An unheralded grandmothers' movement is changing the world. Insurgent grandmothers are using their power to fight for a better future for grandchildren everywhere. And they are succeeding. Grandmother Power profiles activist grandmothers in fifteen countries on five continents who tell their compelling stories in their own words.

Grandmothers in Canada, Swaziland, and South Africa collaborate to care for AIDS orphans. Grandmothers in Senegal convince communities to abandon female genital mutilation. Grandmothers in India become solar engineers and bring light to their villages while those in Peru, Thailand, and Laos sustain weaving traditions. Grandmothers in Argentina teach children to love books and reading. Other Argentine grandmothers continue their 40-year search for grandchildren who were kidnapped during the nation's military dictatorship. Irish grandmothers teach children to sow seeds and cook with fresh, local ingredients. Filipino grandmothers demand justice for having been forced into sex slavery during World War II. Guatemalan grandmothers operate a hotline and teach parenting. In the Middle East, Israeli grandmothers monitor checkpoints to prevent abuse and the UAE's most popular television show stars four animated grandmothers who are surprised by contemporary life. Indigenous grandmothers from thirteen countries conduct healing rituals to bring peace to the world.

Gianturco's full-color images and her heroines' amazing tales make Grandmother Power an inspiration for everyone, and it cements the power of grandmothers worldwide. Please visit http://globalgrandmotherpower.com/ for additional information.

All author royalties will be donated to the Stephen Lewis Foundation's Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign, which provides grants to African grandmothers who are raising AIDS orphans.

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