IBWPPI to Host Virtual Policy Forum


From: The Desk of President Barbara A. Perkins

In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute (IBWPPI) is concerned about the disruption of social services, regular work routines, the absence of school safety nets, and the social isolation of women and girls that makes them more vulnerable to incidences of violence. IBWPPI will continue to speak out in this fight to end all forms of violence against women.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has stated, “During health emergencies, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, violence against women tends to increase.” WHO recommends policymakers to take action to prevent and address violence against women in the age of COVID-19: 

  • When making preparedness and response plans for the COVID-19 pandemic, include essential services for violence against women. 
  • Allocate adequate resources for services for survivors and identify ways to make them accessible – particularly in the context of measures to restrict people’s movement. 
  • Explore the use of telemedicine, digital health, or mobile health (mhealth) to enhance access to support and services for survivors, while ensuring this is safe for them.  
  • Explore alternative shelters for women who may require this. 
  • Ensure that lockdown measures do not penalize women for seeking support when experiencing violence, such as by going to the police or hospital to report violence. 

 Please take time to review the resources below and share this newsletter with your personal and professional networks. We must do all that we can to ensure the safety and wellness of our mothers, daughters, aunts, nieces, and grandmothers.
In Faith,

Barbara A. Perkins

Mark Your Calendar for IBWPPI’s Policy Forum

September 10, 2020, 10:30 am – 4 pm ET |12th Annual IBWPPI Policy Forum
Theme: Black Women Leading With Authority: A Convening of Experts, Masterminds and Key Influencers
IBWPPI is excited to share the invitation to join us at our 12th annual Policy Forum. There are over 30 program participants from across the US, Africa and the Caribbean ready to share knowledge, inspire and motivate! There will be gift giveaways given to attendees, courtesy of our title sponsor-Toyota. Register today! It’s free and space is limited.

View our video recap from IBWPPI’s policy forum last year. It was a powerful convening where women shared key insights on how to move our communities forward. Please share the video it with your friends and colleagues.

Kamala Harris Nominated as Vice President

On Tuesday, August 11, 2020, former Vice President Joe Biden announced the selection of U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California to be his running mate on the Democratic presidential ticket. Kamala Harris was born to a Jamaican-American economist and an Indian-American scientist who met during the civil rights movement at the University of California at Berkeley. Harris is only the second Black woman to serve in the United States Senate. Harris gained national attention because of her no-nonsense questioning of SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh and later Attorney General nominee Bill Barr as a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.


  • In an effort to address the maternal health crisis in the United States, Sen. Harris introduced the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies (CARE) Act. “My Maternal CARE Act will establish implicit bias training throughout the medical profession and help ensure that women—especially Black women—have access to comprehensive, culturally competent care,” Harris stated.

IBWPPI Releases Policy PaperAchieving Equity in Black Women’s Health

IBWPPI has released the policy paper “Achieving Equity in Black Women’s Health.” The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the health inequities that harm Black women, their families and communities on a national scale. Investments in our health will have positive effects on the economy, decreased loss of life among mothers, infants and children and more healthy and vibrant communities.

Since our founding in 2009, we have been giving Black women agency in creating policy solutions that would benefit their health, wellness, and safety. We hope this paper serves as a call to action for members of the public to join our fight to raise awareness and support policies that will improve the health and wellness of Black women in five areas: COVID-19, Mental Health, Maternal Mortality, Breast Cancer, and HIV/AIDS.

We Welcome Our New Members

Thank you to all of our new members that joined in July and August!

Katreka James • Carmela Smith • Destiny Cox • Ms Shirley • Kijafa Parker • Gwendolyn Jones • Corina Mena • Frimpong Boahen Barbara • Vanessa White • Glenda Gill • Nicole Hayes

Go to our Facebook page to see our ongoing member spotlights!



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