IBWPPI at the 65th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

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Barbara Perkins | in purple floral dress

From: The Desk of President Barbara A. Perkins

Today IBWPPI graces the world stage at the the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 65th Session. See below for a few final notes to help you access our session. The International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute (IBWPPI) and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. will co-host the panel discussion “Promoting the Safety and Security of Women of African Descent” on Tuesday, March 16th from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm ET. Please be sure to review our guidance to help you navigate the UN’s platform. We encourage you to sign up for IBWPPI’s session in advance to help you mitigate any potential technical issues. Click here for instructions. It’s not too late to register to receive full access to the virtual forum, including IBWPPI’s session. I look forward to seeing you there. Sincerely, Barbara A. Perkins

Promoting the Safety and Security of Women of African Descent

Commision on the Status of Women | Promoting the Safety and Security of Women of African Descent | IBWPPI

Mark your calendar for IBWPPI’s session “Promoting the Safety and Security of Women of African Descent” session on Tuesday, March 16th from 1:30-3:30 pm ET. You can register for the forum that will be open to the public March 15-26, 2021. Click the link to get full access to the summit.

Modern-day slavery is a human crisis that has grown to seismic proportions and disproportionately affects women of African descent. The commodification and over sexualization of Black women and girls feed into the vicious cycle of human trafficking and is fueled by poverty, racism, and a wide array of social determinants. Additionally, in the age of COVID-19, women are at greater risk for experiencing intimate partner-based violence, physical and mental abuse. The panel will feature international leaders and activists and will promote strategies for grassroots and legislative action to inform, prevent, and address violence against women. Speakers include:

  • Barbara A. Perkins, IBWPPI President and CEO
  • Rasheeda S. Liberty, International President, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.
  • The Honorable Paula Cox, Former Premier of Bermuda
  • Dr. Deirdre Cooper Owens, Historian and professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Michellene Davis, Health Equity Strategist/President & CEO of M.D. Clarida Drew, LLC
  • Ouleye Ndoye, Human Rights Activist
  • Teresa Stafford, Chief Programs Officer, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
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