March 28, 2013
Canadian unions have long supported the Stephen Lewis Foundation with a shared commitment to social justice, women’s equality, and international solidarity.
In recognition of those shared values, the Foundation is organizing a Solidarity Tour for union members from Winnipeg to Windsor – a 15-day trip to raise awareness and understanding about the AIDS pandemic in Africa. In March, the Executive Council of the Manitoba Federation of Labour voted to sponsor the Solidarity Tour and help orgainize a Winnipeg tour event.
Union members are on the frontlines of working for change in their workplaces and communities. They understand what it means to act in solidarity with those fighting for justice, equality and human dignity.
The Solidarity Tour will deepen Canadians’ understanding about the inventive and effective approaches that have been pioneered by grassroots African organizations. In our experience, when Canadians are informed directly and honestly, they are motivated to join the movement to turn the tide of HIV/AIDS.
The Stephen Lewis Foundation works with community-level organizations that are turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa by providing care and support to women, children orphaned by AIDS, grandmothers, and people living with HIV and AIDS. Since 2003, we have funded over 700 initiatives, partnering with 300 community-based organizations in the 15 African countries hardest hit by the pandemic.
The Winnipeg Solidarity Tour event will take place on May 4th at 6:30pm in Eckhardt Gramatte Hall (3rd Floor of Centennial Building) at the University of Winnipeg.