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To Help Ugandan Women Rebuild Lives and Communities, Women’s Global Empowerment Fund, Canadian Artist David Kibuuka and Toronto Gallery Join Hands

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Contact: Ingrid Walter, Phone: 416 880 9104, E-mail: info@whenartmeetsfashion.com

 

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To Help Ugandan Women Rebuild Lives and Communities, Women’s Global Empowerment Fund, Canadian Artist David Kibuuka and Toronto Gallery Join Hands

 

“I’m hopeful because my children will go to school. I’m peaceful because now I am sure I can have what to eat today and tomorrow.” Joan, WGEF micro-loan beneficiary- Omoro District Northern Uganda

 

TORONTO, Ontario, November 22, 2018: Yorkville based online art gallery When Art Meets Fashion (WAMF) announced today it will donate 30 per cent of revenues from the sale of hand painted prints by Ugandan-Canadian artist David Kibuuka, to the non-profit organization Women’s Global Empowerment Fund (WGEF). The fund raising campaign starts on December 1 and ends on March 8, 2019, International Women's Day.

 

“This is the year of #MeToo and I wanted to find a way to help heal wounds and empower women. With David’s many pieces that focus on women, his history of giving back and the extraordinary work WGEF is doing in Uganda, I suggested we work together. Thankfully, everyone said yes,” says Ingrid Walter, WAMF’s Executive Director.

 

WGEF has been on the ground providing women with access to micro-credit loans, business and leadership development training, literary and health initiatives since 2008.

 

“Northern Uganda is a post-conflict region, where women and children experienced horrific violence and chronic poverty. Through the microfinance and social capital programs of WGEF we see what is possible, when women are treated with dignity, and given the tools necessary to begin the process of healing, economic progress, and empowerment.” says WGEF Executive Director Karen Sugar.

 

Kibuuka, who fled Uganda during the political turmoil following Idi Amin’s 1971 coup, understands the challenges post war societies face. “In my paintings I often pay tribute to women for the strength they show, caring for children and families in harsh environments. I hope many will benefit from this holiday effort,” says Kibuuka

 

The 25 year conflict left much of Uganda’s north unstable, lacking in economic activity, and vulnerable to food and human insecurity, says Sugar. To date WGEF has provided more than14, 000 loans; given over 4000 women literacy training and supported women farmers. Some have even gone on to contest political office.

With funds from the campaign WGEF hopes to reach deeper into rural communities to provide economic opportunities, literacy, business and leadership training, as well as expand its sanitary products access project. 

 

About When Art Meets Fashion

 

When Art Meets Fashion is a pop-up gallery, artist agency and online merchandising business, established in 2016 by former Canadian journalist Ingrid Walter. Based in downtown Toronto, Canada, it represents more than 20 established and emerging artists from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. When Art Meets Fashion sells art, including abstract and figurative paintings, photography, sculpture and mixed media works that celebrate, depict and examine society's relationship with fashion and style. It also offers a “couture” service that sources art for clients.

 

For more information visit:  http://www.whenartmeetsfashion.com/

Contact: Ingrid Walter, Phone: 416 880 9104, E-mail: info@whenartmeetsfashion.com

 

About Women’s Global Empowerment Fund

 

The Women’s Global Empowerment Fund (WGEF) is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 that provides women in northern Uganda with economic, social, and political opportunities. WGEF runs several unique programs that aim to build social capital and increase the potential for women’s empowerment and success. These include providing women with access to micro-credit loans, business and leadership development training, as well as literacy and health initiatives. The mission statement of WGEF is to “empower women through economic, social and political programs; creating opportunities while addressing inequality, strengthening families and communities.”

 

For more information visit: https://wgefund.org/

 

Contact: Karen Sugar, Phone: 303.520.7656, E-mail: microfund@gmail.com

FILES AND MEDIA AVAILABLE: WGEF Breaking the Violence training document, WGEF client quotes - letters and surveys, WGEF Literacy Program Report, Marie Claire article featuring Karen Sugar, Golden Women Tailoring Group-micro-loan recipients photo, David Kibuuka bio and photo, broadcast quality videos on WGEF’s work in Uganda

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