Women to Watch
Women to Watch
Each month, Global Women shines a light on women who are leading change in their communities and around the world. Some are well known, while others are quietly working at the grassroots level. Their stories of sacrifice, triumph, resilience and hope are informative and inspiring. They are not only women to watch. They are courageous leaders we should celebrate (and support)!
Dr. Grace Lubwama
Dr. Grace Lubwama, a native of Uganda, brings a broad global perspective to her experience with public health, organizational leadership, and community development. Her global perspective also infuses her strong public advocacy approach to issues of social justice and community transformation.
YWCA Kalamazoo is leading the charge around public health issues such as; 1) Improving the lives of children through accessible, quality,
Grace believes that systems, policies
Grace has received her BA in Fine Arts and Industrial Design from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, her Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Boston University in Boston, MA, and her
Grace has lived in
Learn more about Grace’s work.
Check out our Q&A with Dr. Grace Lubwama
Q: What inspires and motivates you to do the work that you do?
A: “My personal experiences of growing up in Uganda during times of war and poverty, and where my life journey has led me too, Has given me an opportunity to be a voice of the most vulnerable and marginalized families/people in our communities and around the world.”
Q: What is one project or program you are working now that excites you and you want others to know about?
A: “Two projects 1) Ensuring that all children and their families have an opportunity to full life especially those born marginalized populations and communities. I am working towards designing a practical and innovative community response that will eliminate health disparities and reduce infant mortality in communities, which is mainly impacting babies and mothers of color. Infant mortality rates among the Black population has historically been higher than any other racial and ethnic groups in the United States and globally. How long will we have to wait for Black babies born today to experience the same rate of survival as their White counterparts? Here in Kalamazoo the YWCA has been leading and implementing those responses through the Cradle Kalamazoo efforts. 2) Preventing gender-based violence and protect survivors- Violence against women and girls is a grave violation of human rights. Its impact ranges from immediate to long-term multiple
Q: What is your hope for women and girls in the US and around the world?
A: “The mission of the YWCA is to eliminate racism and empower women. My hope for all women and girls in the US and around the world, especially women and girls from the most vulnerable population due to ethnicity or socioeconomic status, is that- All women and girls are safe and protected; they are empowered through health services, education, and economic opportunities to reach their full potential; and are supported by systemic structures that are equitable to critically achieve meaningful and sustainable change in their communities.”
Q: What advice would you give to another female leader?
A: “Be driven by your passion and the Lord’s calling on your life to serve. There are so many women and girls that are counting on your leadership to open doors for opportunities that could change their lives forever. Do not take your leadership for granted, know someone out
Q: What quote or bible verse summarizes your passion and/or work?
A: “The Bible has been very clear on our role to support the most vulnerable and marginalized people in our communities. My passion and work