Judi Aubel

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Judi Aubel in 2017

Judith "Judi" Aubel (1946/1947 (age 73–74))[1] is an American community health specialist,[2] social entrepreneur and the executive director of The Grandmother Project,[3] a non-profit that works to improve the lives of women and children by focusing on grandmothers.


She was a Peace Corps volunteer in the Ivory Coast and worked in international development for 20 years before starting The Grandmother Project - Change through Culture in 2005.[4]

The Grandmother Project involves various categories of community members, but focuses on involving the "culturally-designated family advisors on all of these issues, i.e. the grandmothers."[verify] The goal of grandmother inclusion is to acknowledge their role, increase their knowledge and strengthen their role as catalyzers of change within the community.

Aubel has built Grandmother Project with a small team of very committed Senegalese professionals and continues to do cutting edge work to address deeply-rooted social problems.

The program has developed an innovative approach to leverage the influential role of grandmothers in families and communities, related to all issues concerning women and children, and especially girls, including: girls’ education, child marriage, teen pregnancy, female genital mutilation, early childhood development, maternal and child health, etc.

She received the Hero award from Trust Women, a joint venture of the Thomas Reuters Foundation and the International Herald Tribune.[5]

Aubel was a 2012 Ashoka Fellow.[4] In 2016, Aubel was a 2016 BBC 100 Women laureate.[1]

Her review of the literature relating to the role grandmothers play in mother and child nutrition and health was published in the journal Maternal and Child Nutrition.[2]

Selected publications[edit]

  • "Lessons on sustainability for community health projects", World Health Forum, 1996, 17(1), pp. 52–57. (With Kinday Samba-Ndure)
  • "The role and influence of grandmothers on child nutrition: culturally designated advisors and caregivers", Maternal and Child Nutrition, 28 September 2011.


  1. ^ a b "BBC 100 Women 2016: Who is on the list?". BBC. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Research highlights key role grandmothers play in mother and child nutrition and health". Wiley Online Library. 2012. Retrieved 2016-12-08.
  3. ^ "Judi Aubel, Grandmother Project". International Association for Community Development. 2015-01-27. Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2016-12-08.
  4. ^ a b "Judi Aubel". Ashoka Foundation. 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  5. ^ "A Global Phenomenon - Health - Senegal". Grandmother Power. Retrieved 2016-12-09.

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