Our Success in 2020: IBWPPI’s Year-End Newsletter

From The Desk of President Barbara A. Perkins
Happy holidays to each of you. Thank you for your time and investment in the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute (IBWPPI). Thank you for opening your hands and your hearts in support of our programs and services offered to women and their families and communities globally.


At the beginning of the year we declared 2020 as "The Year of the Black Woman," and indeed, Black women have had a significant and historic impact on our democracy. IBWPPI is actively engaged in filling the pipeline of qualified and ready leaders with the launching of the Dorothy I. Height Global Leadership Academy in January 2021.


We are also focused on the expansion of the Young Ambassadors Program, currently in the U.S. and South Africa. Expansion is forthcoming in Bermuda, the Bahamas and Haiti. In March 2021, IBWPPI will release our full Public Policy Agenda which details our work in four critical areas: Health and Wellness, Education, Economic Security and the Eradication of Human Trafficking.


We are a U.S. based nonprofit that recognizes the needs, concerns and priorities of Black women are the same all over the world. As Dorothy I. Height would say, we continue to work from the belief that, “what we do locally has a direct impact globally.” IBWPPI will continue the work of supporting villages in West Africa and Haiti and families in the Bahamas. With the help of our members and sponsors, we can aim high in 2021.


Our hearts are filled with gratitude. We hope this holiday season is filled with peace, love, happiness and good health for you and your loved ones.


In Gratitude,


Barbara A. Perkins
IBWPPI Co-Founder and President


Highlights of our Work in 2020

With the ongoing commitment of our members, IBWPPI has continued to advocate for Black women through acts of kindness and public policy. See a list of our accomplishments in 2020:

  • IBWPPI kicked off the year with the 2020 Board Retreat and Key Influencers Luncheon held in Atlanta in February. We were excited to host special guests including, Hon. Deana Holiday Ingraham, Mayor of East Point; Hon. Astra Armbrister-Rolle, the Bahamas Consul General; and our Board Advisors, Hon. Paula Cox, Former Premier of Bermuda and Hon. Katherine Smith, Managing Director, Bahamas Disaster Reconstruction Authority.


  • With the devastation caused by the pandemic, IBWPPI created the Care Package Project in March 2020. Through this project, we gifted young women in dire need with gift cards to cover food and essential items.


  • IBWPPI opened up complimentary membership to 200+ Black women through November and created our monthly New Member Connect series to facilitate virtual networking opportunities amongst members.


  • We are changing the lives of women, children and families through hygiene, clean water and disaster restoration projects. IBWPPI has provided cash stipends, boots and emergency items to Bahamian families recovering from Hurricane Dorian. We also renovated a public restroom facility at a school in Ghana.


  • Through working with elected officials and non-government agencies, IBWPPI has been instrumental in advocating and shaping policies that would create better outcomes for Black women and girls in the United States and abroad. We were able to host the 12th Annual Policy Forum, where over 170 people joined us for a five-hour virtual event.


Take Action: IBWPPI’s Policy Corner

IBWPPI has published three policy papers human trafficking, health and economic security. Learn about IBWPPI’s policy work.

Achieving Economic Security and Inclusion for Black Women

Achieving Equity in Black Women’s Health

Slavery by Another Name: The Epidemic of Black Female Trafficking Victims in the US and Abroad

Supporting Ghanaian Women and Families in the Holiday Season

Just in time for the holidays, IBWPPI delivered barrels of medical supplies, hygiene items and over-the-counter medicine to a women’s clinic that our organization adopted in Kumasi, Ghana. Through the course of this year, we have continued the support of women in Ghana through health education and economic empowerment. We thank Bridge-To-Africa Connection, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization founded by Director Dawn Sutherland, for being our great affiliate partner in Ghana.

IBWPPI Announces its Inaugural Class for the Dorothy I. Height Global Leadership Academy

BWPPI is proud to establish the Dorothy I. Height Global Leadership Academy designed to prepare young women to be agents of change. The academy is a six-month professional development and leadership training program that was made possible through the generous support of Toyota.

Join us in celebrating our inaugural class! Each woman is listed with their country of origin.

Dorothy I. Height Global Leadership Academy Inaugural Class

Astra Armbrister-Rolle – Bahamas

Chanelle Brown – California, USA

Thai Buckman – California, USA

Opal Enriquez – Belize

Nikisha Evans – Bahamas

Tammilee Jules – Bahamas

Linda Mackey – Bahamas

Mekia Mason – Bahamas

Krysta Mason-Smith – Bahamas

Lindokuhle Matoti – South Africa

Channell Mellish – Jamaica

Nurah Mohammed – Ghana

Diara Newman – California, USA

Noluntu Nozewu – South Africa

Nyisha Tilus – Bahamas

Valarie Walker – Alabama, USA


GuideStar Gives IBWPPI a Platinum Seal of Transparency

Did you know that IBWPPI earned a GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency? Now community members can find in-depth information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress. We’re shining a spotlight on the difference we help make in the world and look forward to continuing our mission-driven work in 2021!

GuideStar is a public charity that collects, organizes, and presents information about every single IRS-registered nonprofit organization. It provides as much information as it can about each nonprofit’s mission, legitimacy, impact, reputation, finances, programs, transparency, governance, and so much more.


IBWPPI’s Membership Campaign Continues

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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