The Power of Arts and Exchange – A Virtual Reunion

In 2019, Global Ties Sacramento hosted an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) exchange that brought together local organization, Women’s Wisdom Art, and representatives from the Ugandan Women Writers Association: FEMRITE. From this meeting, a collaborative partnership blossomed. We invite you to join us on Tuesday, June 29, as we re-connect with these amazing women to learn about the global reach of their work, their latest joint endeavor, and the lasting impact of exchange.

Women Writing Together for Social Justice: The Power of Arts and Exchange
Tuesday, June 29, 2021
8:30 am Pacific / 11:30 am Eastern / 6:30 pm Kampala

Writing for Social Change

The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) project, Writing for Social Change, brought women from the Ugandan Women Writers Association: FEMRITE, to the U.S. to meet with American counterparts to examine the use of the written word to raise awareness of gender issues, empower women, and promote inclusion. While in Sacramento, the visitors met with representatives from Women’s Wisdom Art, a non-profit organization that improves women’s lives and advocates for equity and justice through art, writing, and wellness.

During this exchange, the women discussed the importance of using the creative arts to raise awareness of gender issues, influence social justice action, build confidence, and empower women. Both organizations provide a creative space for women to find their strength, gain confidence, and heal from trauma in their local communities, and were excited to share experiences. It was obvious from the first hello that a solid connection had been made and this IVLP meeting in Sacramento would not be the only time these women would interact. True friendships and a lasting partnership were formed.

Since 2019, Ali Lichtenstein, Board Chair of Women’s Wisdom Art, and Hilda Twongyeirwe, Executive Director of FEMRITE, have remained in almost constant contact. They are currently collaborating on a project with 60 women, 30 each from Uganda and the U.S., to inspire and encourage women around the world to use writing and art to influence social change.

2019 IVLP Meeting with Ugandan Visitors at Women’s Wisdom Art in Sacramento

Ali and Hilda, along with other representatives from Women’s Wisdom Art and FEMRITE, will join us on June 29 to share more about the important work they do locally and globally. We look forward to hearing from these amazing women, their collaborative projects, and the indelible impact of exchange.