WLP continued its tradition of building solidarity among women’s human rights activists through poetry at this year’s 62nd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. The Lifelines series has brought activists, writers, and patrons of the arts together for readings by leading women poets and authors since 2000. The March 20 Lifelines event featured readings by four vibrant writers on a wide range of subjects, all with the overarching theme of human rights.
Dr. Abena Busia, Lifelines regular and Ghana’s newly appointed ambassador to Brazil, served as the event’s moderator, as in years past. Busia read from her personal collection of poetry and set the stage for the featured poets: American writer Jamila Reddy, Iranian poet Dr. Fatemeh Shams, and Indian-American writer and filmmaker Michelle Yasmine Valladares. The poets recited works around three themes: spring and renewal, in defense of our lives, and the power of love and creativity. Watch the full event video above.