Lifelines: The Poetry of Human Rights at CSW62

A CSW62 parallel event

Event Details

  • Time


  • Date

    20 Mar, 2018

  • Location

    • Church Center of the United Nations
    • 777 United Nations Plaza New York, NY
  • Contact


Abena Busia

Ghanaian Ambassador to Brazil, Rutgers professor, and author

Fatemeh Shams

Iranian poet and Persian Literature Professor at the University of Pennslyvania

Jamila Reddy

Writer, multidisciplinary artist, and MFA candidate at California Institute of the Arts

Since 2003, WLP’s Lifelines series has linked poetry and prose to the struggle of realizing women’s human rights. Featuring readings by leading women poets, the event connects the listener to testimonies that inspire and build solidarity among feminist activists everywhere.

This is a parallel event of the 62nd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

Watch: Lifelines 2018: The Poetry of Women's Human Rights

As in years past, Abena Busia will moderate the event.  

Event speakers:

Abena Busia (Ghana/USA) was appointed Ghanaian Ambassador to Brazil in 2018. She is former Chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and member of the Executive Board of the Center for African Studies at Rutgers University. She is the current Board Chair of AWDF-USA, the sister organization to the African Women’s Development Fund. An internationally celebrated poet, she is the author of two collections, Testimonies of Exile (1990) and Traces of a Life (2008). 

Jamila Reddy (USA) is a writer, public speaker, and life-enthusiast passionate about helping people live joyful, liberated, extraordinary lives. As a Nichiren Buddhist, Jamila’s life is guided by the philosophy of “human revolution” — the process of each individual transforming themselves on a fundamental level as a means of achieving world peace. Her favorite pastime is making lists of her wildest dreams and figuring out how to make them come true.

Fatemeh Shams (Iran) is an award-winning poet with three published poetry collections and a professor of Modern Persian literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Her forthcoming book A Revolution in Rhyme: Official Poets of the Islamic Republic (Oxford University Press, 2020) is a study of the post-revolutionary literary scene with specific reference to the official poets of the Islamic Republic and the role played by the state in the field of literary production, as well as the way in which it uses literature in identity construction.

Michelle Yasmine Valladares (India/USA) is a writer and independent filmmaker. She was awarded “Poet of the Year” by The Americas Poetry Festival of New York and co-produced the award winning feature film, O Sertão das Memórias (Landscapes of Memory) Brazil. She is published widely and is the author of Nortada, The North Wind. She teaches poetry and creative writing in the English Department at the City College of New York, CUNY where she serves as the Director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing.


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