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Policy Corner

The International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute abhors any and all forms of human trafficking. While IBWPPI supports the elimination of all human trafficking, we are particularly focused on supporting our young Black girls and Black women who are victims of this horrendous malady in today’s society. To that end, we have tracked and supported legislation aimed at the elimination of this practice; we have testified before state legislatures and the U.S. Congress on the need for legislative change; and, we have sponsored forums, town hall meetings, workshops and events to both bring awareness to the issue and to raise funds to aid and assist the many victims who are in desperate need of support.

Below we have provided you with articles on this issue and an overview of the IBWPPI ARCH Initiative which specifically addresses the problem of trafficking and provides solutions for supporting many of its victims.

If you have expertise in any of the following areas, we would really appreciate your volunteer assistance with our ARCH program (see below):

• IT

• Web development

• App development

• Research and development

• Data collection

YOU CAN ALSO HELP by DONATING!

Go to https://www.gofundme.com/ibwppi-org and donate today on behalf of the victims of Human Trafficking!

The IBWPPI ARCH Initiative The ARCH is the largest coalition of women’s organizations to bring awareness to the disproportionate impact that human trafficking has on Black women and girls domestically. The ARCH is an acronym that stands for awareness, rescue, counseling and healing. By staging a nationwide awareness campaign that teaches the threats, risks, and dangers our girls fall prey to every day, we hope to heighten the sensitivity surrounding human trafficking. To read more about the ARCH initiative, click the following link: ARCH INITIATIVE

IBWPPI Considers the Water Issues of Haiti a Global Health Concern – The Haitian People Need Your Help!

Haiti is widely considered to have the poorest water quality in the world. According to the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice on Haiti, “only 55.2 percent of the population has access to an improved water source, while close to 70 percent does not have direct access to potable water” (15, CHRGJ, et al). This is a global health challenge and one that the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute has embraced as one of its international health policy issues.

In the years after this country’s most recent massive earthquake, the water quality in Haiti has only gotten worse. We have partnered with the Haiti Water Project to supply wells and cisterns throughout the country. Using your generous donations, we can get closer to our goal of ensuring that every person has access to clean, fresh water.

In our effort to make a significant difference and to provide as much substantive help to the people of Haiti as possible, IBWPPI has also partnered with Community2Community, aka, C2C, a 501c3 non-profit, service organization dedicated to creating self-sufficient communities by working with the community. The C2C Team traveled to the town of Petit Goâve in August and October of 2010 and performed an informal C2C Community Assessment Survey of six (6) Tent Cities and chose two communities as locations for the pilot project. Through partnering with the community and the office of the Mayor, the project was designed to serve as a model for those wanting to help Haiti in a meaningful and lasting way with a goal of replication throughout the country. We committed to assist as co-laborers, walking along-side to support the people of these two communities to self-sufficiency.

The pilot project consists of 4 initiatives: constructing a water system, building a school, reforesting a mountainside, and constructing a road. Our goal is to mobilize intellectual, financial, and material resources to the point of need to implement initiatives that will result in restoring, rebuilding, revitalizing and re-investing in communities to help them obtain and maintain self-sufficiency. The estimated completion time for the project in the first community, fully funded, is approximately four years. The community had already begun these initiatives prior to the earthquake with very limited resources and very little support.

Since the launch of the pilot project in 2010, the Partner Communities and C2C have:

• Begun building a water distribution system, which will provide access to clean, potable water to the entire community. The water distribution system is comprised of 4 phases:
– Phase 1: locate a water source and build a captage to surround and secure the area.
– Phase 2: excavate an area on the mountaintop that will support a large water tank that will then distribute the water out to a series of kiosks.
– Phase 3: construct a pump house; complete with solar panels and batteries that will pump water to a nearby mountaintop.
– Phase 4: construct 4 kiosks for easier access to water by nearby communities Phases 1 & 2 are completed.

• Constructed 15 new latrines to provide access to proper sanitation Responded to a cholera outbreak, with a one-day education and aqua-tabs distribution intervention that saved over 600 lives; for mostly women and children;

• Initiated a community, medical assessment survey – 66 families documented to date.

• Attracted highly skilled architects and engineers to volunteer and create our project plans and drawings, with the community’s input.

• Supported the community by helping them plant 8000 trees.

• Secured donations of medical and school supplies, clothing and a motorcycle.

We can still do more. To become a part of our Haitian Initiative, please contact us at admin@IBWPPI.org or call us at 202-383-9157. You can also donate by clicking here. Every donation counts!

IBWPPI is an organization that supports the right of women to enjoy equal pay for equal work. We track and support both state and federal legislation in this area and we have been strong supporters of President Obama’s initiatives and legislation in this arena. Following are just a few resources and Bills that we have been tracking over the past few years.

IBWPPI addressed this issues at its 2015 Policy Forum during Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Weekend in Washington DC, and will move the needle on the issue again this year during their 2016 Policy Forum. You need to bring your voice to this important discussion. Register here and attend:

8th Annual Policy Program

The International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute is dedicated to supporting literacy at home and abroad. To that end, IBWPPI has established a Reading Room Initiative. In each country where we convene, it is our goal to establish a Reading Room.

To date, we have accomplished the following in the area of Literacy Education:

• Ghana

Partnership with the 40 Roses Foundation to provide books and reading materials to the girls of Ghana.

• Belize

Partnership with the local YWCA where we established a Reading Room and left dozens of books and reading material.

• Haiti

Books have been left in both English and in the language of that country so that children may be educated and given the opportunity to read, to learn, and to grow.

Each of our Reading Room projects is specifically designed to meet the needs and the unique cultural norms of that particular country.

President’s Obama’s Report on Black Girls

During 2014 IBWPPI was invited to participate as advocates with the White House Council on Women and Girls, specifically to respond to a report the President was publishing called: Women and Girls of Color – Addressing Challenges and Expanding Opportunity. Not only did IBWPPI participate by offering feedback on this report, but we were also responsible for helping to distribute and raise awareness about the report itself. You can read and study this informative document by clicking here

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