It’s Not Over… Resilience in Autumn

From The Desk of President Barbara A. Perkins
“Joy and Pain, is like sunshine and rain.” Words by the masterful songwriter Frankie Beverly in his 1980 release that continues to be an all-time favorite.


Greeting dear IBWPPI members and friends,
It is almost unbelievable that we continue to be in this almost unbelievable multi-crisis season in October 2021. Yet here we are navigating one
situation after another exacerbated by the tragic impact that COVID-19 has had on the world and on our individual lives. The physical and emotional scares are unavoidable. My beloved daughter Kelsey, said to me in a recent conversation, “mom, we are all walking
around here damaged…” Her comment made me pause for about a minute, waiting for an encouraging response to download. I wanted to give
her something back that would be soothing. I wanted to offer her back a
response that she could hold onto in that very moment to prevent that
statement and belief from penetrating more deeply inside of her
masterfully built, storm-resistant, beautiful body and soul.


Although we stand on the edge of this cliff called life, we can take a
healthy dose of inspiration from the little hummingbird that learns to fly,
knowing that our wings are being strengthen by instinct and practice, or
another way to put it, is that we are growing by faith and actions.
Eventually, the necessary skills we need to navigate life no matter how
difficult it seems now will be fine-tuned.


The economic crisis, the impact on our lives and mental stability due to
Covid19 with over 1.5 million deaths throughout Latin America and the
Caribbean and over 750 million deaths in the US, the instability of
democracies around the world, the increase of natural disasters such as
the second catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, the dehumanizing of people
for reasons such as their skin color and their situation in life, these are the
high-level challenges that can cause us to think, life is one long rainy day.


Then again, we are reminded by the words of Frankie Beverly, that “there
will be sorrow and that we will endure. Where there’s a flower, there’s the
sun and the rain. Oh, but it’s wonderful they’re both one in the same.”
Be encouraged today, you are among those who are practicing faith and
action. We at IBWPPI continue to lead the charge with supporting in
spaces and places where we can help and make a positive difference.


Thank you for standing on the cliff with us. Your membership is our fuel.


Town Hall Informational Meeting: Haiti

You are invited to join us for a power hour conversation about what is really going on with Haitians in America and in Haiti and most importantly what you can do to help.


The International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute has been an ally and partner organization working to support women and families in Haiti for the past 11 years. We began our humanitarian efforts there in 2010 and have seen the good and not so good, when it comes to genuine help and vetted organizations with boots on the ground in Haiti.


IBWPPI has unique insight as a participant in the humanitarian space since we began helping families in Haiti in 2010. IBWPPI has witnessed the toxicity of the current policies towards Haiti, the exploitation of the pain of Haitian people and is committed to creating spaces to discuss actionable responses.
This town hall is for you if you have a heart for the Haitian people. This town hall is for you if you are a Haitian living in America and wish to help your family back home. This town hall is for you if you wish to partner and join our efforts in going forward with helping women, their families, and communities in Haiti that need it the most.




Applications Open Now! Dorothy I. Height Global Leadership Academy


Faculty Spotlight: Dorothy I. Height Global Leadership Academy

The faculty of the Dorothy I. Height Global Leadership Academy includes former and current members of governments, senior corporate and business leaders, senior academic leaders, and experts in social justice and social change. Our subject experts have decades of experience and knowledge that they are prepared to share with the Academy’s participants. These leaders live out a common belief that the transference of knowledge and wisdom is the most important gift we can give to the next generation of world leadership.



Save the Date!

Giving Tuesday is a global day of generosity where non-profits organizations seek to encourage supporters to give just before the end of the year. The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed a harsh blow to many of the dedicated organizations helping to make life better within our communities around the world. IBWPPI has continued providing aid, monetary support, and advocacy that enhances lives. 

This year, Giving Tuesday will fall on November 30

Have You Updated Your Membership?

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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