Stephen H. Lewis

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Stephen H. Lewis
Former head of:
Currently runs:
AIDS Free World
Associates with:
World Health Organization
Bill Clinton
Paula Donovan
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Stephen Lewis with Bill Clinton

Stephen Henry Lewis, CC, born 11 November 1937,[1] is a Canadian politician,[2] broadcaster, diplomat and former head of UNAIDS. He is Jewish (why this is important),[3] and a very outspoken feminist.[4] Lewis is a vehement promoter of male circumcision, particularly infant male circumcision (as HIV prevention policy).[5] Lewis calls circumcision "inspired preventive technology." Lewis is very close friends with Bill Clinton.[6][7] Stephen was the leader of the democratic socialist Ontario New Democratic Party for most of the 1970s. In the mid-1980s, he was appointed as Canada's United Nations ambassador. He quit in 1988 and worked at various United Nations agencies during the 1990s. In the 2000s, he served a term as the United Nations' special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, and head of UNAIDS.[8]

AIDS Free World

AIDS-Free World is an international advocacy organization with a small staff that works virtually from a dozen locations in the US and Canada, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe.[9] Co-Directors Paula Donovan and Stephen Lewis founded AIDS-Free World in 2007.[9][10] Lewis uses this organization to gather funding for male circumcision programs.


Orgy of Male Bonding
There was some titter of laughter and gentile applause which resonated throughout the room. So I felt it was the appropriate moment to tell the crowd that I was circumcised. Which I did. There followed what can only be described as an Orgy of Male Bonding. I have never been so embraced and hugged so extravagantly by numbers of people simultaneously as they conveyed to me that they understood the importance of circumcision and recognized that it's withstood the transmission of the virus.
– Stephen Lewis[11]
Paula Donovan (UNICEF)
She [ Paula Donovan ] realized that male circumcision was a good preventative way to slow the spread of AIDS. So she took that analysis further. She suggested to the male leadership in Nairobi, that UNICEF propose that circumcision accompany the regular process of immunization of infants... Paula was easily 10 years ahead of her time, because that's exactly what's being discussed in several countries now... and what did the UNICEF hierarchy do at the time? They grabbed their genitals in protective embrace and laughed it off like only male sexists can laugh things off. ...the UN took more than a decade to see male circumcision for the inspired preventative technology that it is.
– Lewis, S. (YouTube)[12]
Circumcising Infants to protect against HIV
USAID, UNAIDS and the World Health Organization conducted a fascinating analysis to estimate the value of scaling up circumcision to reach 80% of the adult and newborn male population in 14 African countries by 2015. ...It's really incredible when you think about it, and it's already happening.
– Lewis, S. (YouTube)[13]
Ancient Blood Ritual is a new Technology
The most unexpected and successful preventative technology, which has been chronicled in the last couple of years, is male circumcision.
– Stephen Lewis[14]
Extraordinary Hypocrisy & Sexism
The sexual and gender inequality compromises the lives women lead. [...] Female genital mutilation is a particularly awful practice. [...] The discrimination, the panoply of discrimination that is visited on women in this world is just appalling, and it obviously sabotages the lives they lead. ...I live in a feminist family and I love it. I think the feminist analysis is by far the most insightful. ...The single most important struggle on the planet, is the struggle for gender equality. [...] It all takes time in dealing with men. Dealing with male sexual behavior, to change male sexual behavior is going to be a couple of generations. ...My wife has often said on public platforms--much to my mortification--that it took her 20 years to turn me into a human being, and then the next 25 or 26 were tolerable. ...It takes all of us time. Men are resistant to change.
– Lewis, S.[15]

See also


  • McLeod, Thomas; Ian McLeod (2004). The Road to Jerusalem (2 ed.). Calgary: Fifth House. ISBN 1-894856-48-1.

External links


  1. REFbook Smith, Cameron (1989): Unfinished Journey: The Lewis Family. Edition: 1. p. 258. Summerhill Press. ISBN 0-929091-04-3.
  2. REFbook MacDonald, Donald C. (1998): The Happy Warrior: Political Memoirs. Edition: 2. Dundurn Press. ISBN 1-55002-307-1.
  3. REFbook Smith, Cameron (1989): Unfinished Journey: The Lewis Family. Edition: 1. p. 330. Summerhill Press. ISBN 0-929091-04-3.
  4. REFweb commonwealthmedia (2 February 2010). Stephen Lewis Co-Dir, Aids free world. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  5. REFweb AIDSFreeWorld (6 January 2010). Male Circumcision, part 1. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  6. REFweb garymcnutt (24 September 2006). Stephen Lewis on Gender Equality. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  7. REFweb clintonfoundationorg (4 October 2009). A Special Discussion with President Clinton on World AIDS Day. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
  8. REFweb Toye, Suelan (14 September 2010). Stephen Lewis, humanitarian, diplomat and activist, appointed a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University, Ryerson University. Retrieved 30 March 2011.
  9. a b REFweb AIDS Free World. Who We Are - AIDS Free World. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  10. REFweb Lewis, Stephen (6 January 2010). AIDSFreeWorld: Male Circumcision, part 1. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  11. Fora, TV. (2008). Stephen Lewis: disease and climate change in Africa.
  12. Lewis, S. (2010, January 06), Male circumcision, part 1.
  13. Lewis, S. (2010, January 07). Male circumcision, part 2. Retrieved
  14. Fora, TV. (2008). Stephen Lewis: disease and climate change in Africa.
  15. Lewis, S. (2010, February 02). Stephen lewis co-dir, aids free world.