IBWPPI to Host Virtual Policy Forum

From: The Desk of President Barbara A. Perkins
We have all had to suddenly shift and pivot into our new way forward. For the past 11 years, IBWPPI has hosted our International Policy Forum, during the annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference. COVID-19 has required finding new ways of conducting the business and services of our organizations.


Looking through our new lens, this is an exciting time for getting our message out, even in the midst of so much uncertainty. We are so grateful for your membership. We appreciate your continued support, the feedback and sharing of our work to others you are in contact with. Thank you.


On September 10th, at 10:30 am ET, we are hosting our first virtual online convening! The 12th Annual Policy Forum with an impressive roster of experts, world leaders, elected officials and public personalities. Under the theme of Black Women Leading with Authority, we will spend a significant part of the day in solution driven dialogue that will inspire and motivate you.


At the beginning of this year, we proclaimed 2020 as the Year of the Black Women. Black women have been organizing and showing their sheer power in numbers at the ballot box for presidential, state and local elections. This has culminated in the nomination of Senator Kamala Harris to become the next Vice President of the United States. Joining us for this forum will be Heather Hutt, State Director for Senator Harris.


I trust you are a proud member of IBWPPI. We certainly are proud to have you. Do register for the conference today. We have limited capacity because it is opened to the world. In just 7 days, we have reached the halfway mark. Register now, we don’t want you to miss out on the complimentary gifts to be given out throughout the day to our participants, so be sure to register online now.


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 Paper Achieving 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!


Visit Our Facebook Page Complimentary IBWPPI Membership During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Group of women in white holding hands | Image for Membership | IBWPPI
Group of women in white holding hands | Image for Membership | IBWPPI

As we continue to adjust to the new normal, we want IBWPPI to be a home for Black women who want to connect, heal and support one another. C onsider gifting yourself with a free membership and joining a network of global Black women. Become a member today by filling out the membership form here .

Why Join IBWPPI?

IBWPPI started 10 years ago in the spirit of global unity and sisterhood. Our mission is to connect and advocate for Black women globally through acts of kindness and public policy. We thank our members and ask that you continue your support of IBWPPI and ask others to join us.


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