Happy Women’s History Month


From The Desk of President Barbara A. Perkins
During Women’s History Month, the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute (IBWPPI) honors and lifts up the voices of Black women in the African Diaspora whose work too often goes unrecognized.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf served as the 24th President of Liberia and became the first elected female head of state in Africa. Winnie Madikizela-Mandel was an anti-apartheid activist in South Africa, served as a Member of Parliament, and was the second wife of Nelson Mandela. Eugenia Charles served as Prime Minister of Dominica and was the country’s first woman lawyer and the first woman prime minister to be elected in the Caribbean.
We must give special recognition for these women, and so many others who may go unnamed, but their courageous leadership shaped our world history. This month we urge you to reach out to a fellow woman and give them words of love and encouragement. We must check on even the strongest amongst us and uplift each other, so we can continue to share our magical gifts to the world.
Finally, in the months ahead, please take special precautions to protect yourselves and your families during this global health epidemic. I have tasked IBWPPI staff to send regular key updates to keep you informed about the Coronavirus. Our first comprehensive update was sent last week and we will continue to be a conduit of accurate information to help keep communities safe.
In Peace,
Barbara A. Perkins