SCI Global Conversations is a program series designed to connect with leading global experts and members of SCI's Global Awareness Team.

“International Women’s Day Joint Program”

Sister Cities International is celebrating International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month by holding two dynamic women-focused programs in March.

The first event, organized by the Global Awareness Team (GAT), will be on March 8th, 2021 from 3:00 – 4:00 PM EST titled Women in Local Leadership: Achieving An Equal Future In A COVID-19 World. 

The second event, organized by the SCI Africa Network, will take place on March 23rd, 2021 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST: SCI Africa Celebrates International Women’s Month.


See below for details! 

women in local leadership: achieving an equal future in a covid-19 world

In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, Sister Cities International, in cooperation with ADEC Innovations, is proud to recognize the specific contributions of women across the sister cities network through this Global Conversation.

Women stand at the front lines of all crises, including the COVID-19 crisis, as health care workers, caregivers, innovators, community organizers, as some of the most exemplary and effective national leaders in combating the pandemic. This crisis has highlighted both the centrality of their contributions and the disproportionate burdens that women carry. Today there is more acceptance than ever before that, especially at the local level, women bring different experiences, perspectives, and skills to the table, and make irreplaceable contributions to decisions, policies, and laws that work better for all.

march 8th, 2021

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST


Carol Robertson Lopez

Chairwoman, Board of Directors
Sister Cities International


Jerrie Ueberle

Founder and CEO of Global Interactions and the World Academy for the Future of Women (WAFW)

Christelle Kwizera

Founder and Managing Director of Water Access Rwanda

Ella McCann

International Program Manager for Chicago Sister Cities International

Leisa Perch

Policy Specialist
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Africa Celebrates International Women’s Month

SCI Africa celebrates the strength and resilience of women and their contributions to society and the continent of Africa. Join us as we hear from award-winning SCI programs that have served women and young girls in the Africa region empowering to achieve. We will be highlighting programs from Cameroon, Ghana, and Tanzania.

March 23rd, 2021

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST


Gayle L Stallings

Ethiopia Country Representative; Colorado State Representative


LuRachelle Brim-Atkins

Seattle, Washington/Limbe, Cameroon Sewing Circle & Girls Puberty Project with Menstrual Pads

Gwen Amamoo

Chair of Birmingham, Alabama/Winneba & Apassao, Ghana Breast Cancer Project

Shantelle Brumfield

Founder of Between What Dream; Vallejo, California/Bagamoyo, Tanzania

Gwen Amamoo

Chair of Birmingham, Alabama/Winneba & Apassao, Ghana Breast Cancer Project


  • Dr. Michael McQuary – San Diego Sister Cities Association

  • Dr. Jane CahalyYouth Leadership Summit and Sister Schools Initiative

San Diego International Sister Cities Association – Dynamic Program Ideas

  • Ms. Kay SargentYoung Artists and Authors Showcase
  • Ms. Mae Ferguson – Fort Worth Leadership Academy
  • Ms. Debbie LiAmerican Cultural Exchange Service and the High School HomeStay Program
  • Clare PetrichVirtual PenPal Programs