IBWPPI Stands for Women Survivors of Violence in the Age of COVID-19


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