Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Grandmothers--Activists for Political Justice, Literacy and More

"Groups of activist grandmothers all over the globe, determined to create a better future for their grandchildren, are tackling a wide range of social, economic and political justice issues: running literacy programs, child abuse hot lines, bringing solar electricity to dark villages, and fighting against human rights abuses. Today's grandmothers are younger, better educated, healthier and more numerous than they have ever been—and they are energetically and effectively changing the world. Grandmothers are a powerful resource for important social change... but not many people know about the activists, much less a whole movement of them...(Samples are) After their dictatorship suppressed the freedom to read for years, Argentine grandmothers are bringing the gift of reading to a new generation.Through the “Storytelling Grandmothers” program, grandmothers across Argentina are helping to re-engage children with books…In India, grandmothers learned solar engineering and brought electricity to their villages. Their work was so effective that the United Nations began sending grandmothers from other countries to learn from them…The International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, all healers and shamans, hold public meetings where each grandmother conducts a ceremony according to her own tradition, to heal the environment and pray for peace.”

For more information visit the Grandmother Power website and the photos by Paola Gianturco’s, in her book, Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon.  

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