Inspired by and building upon the legacy of Dr. Dorothy I. Height, Chair Emeritus, National Council of Negro Women, Barbara A. Perkins in 1995 and Ka Flewellen in 1994 both made a decision to work with and on behalf of women around the world. Both would travel separately as part of NCNW delegations to the Beijing Conference on Women 1995 and Cairo in 1994, and would draw on those experiences to conceive and launch the IBWPPI in 2009. Barbara Perkins says, “The magic and beauty of working with women representing so many countries at the 4th World Conference on Women, in Beijing China, remains among the most memorable times in my life.” IBWPPI seeks to capture the same spirit of unity and connectivity as was present in Beijing.
It was at this conference that the words of Dr. Height became an integral part of Barbara’s mission to always to seek ways to “lift women while climbing.” Reflecting on her life’s work, Ka Flewellen shared working shoulder to shoulder with international women in Cairo to change the US and international immigration policies to protect women moving and often fleeting across borders as migrants, workers, political and economic refugees or victims of disasters remain core to my commitment to social justice today.” IBWPPI seeks to capture the same spirit of women’s global unity and connectivity that remains central to the legacy of Dr. Dorothy I Height and her beloved National Council of Negro Women.