The International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute (IBWPPI) hosted its annual International Women’s Conference in Nassau, Bahamas. Women convened at the beautiful Melia` Nassau Beach Resort from all over the nation and internationally to celebrate IBWPPI’s 10-year anniversary milestones and participate in dialogue on issues affecting Black women, their communities and the world around them.
Given the globalized state of affairs, “This is a unique time for change throughout the world. We are organizing women who are in powerful leadership roles to join us and take action now to pool our resources, identify priorities for coordinated action that confronts public policies, and social customs that hinder the development of women,” said Barbara A. Perkins, co-founder and President of IBWPPI. The IBWPPI conference was founded with the mission of advocating on behalf of Black women and girls globally, with an intent focus to utilize the annual gathering to educate, compel, and inspire involvement in the organization’s current initiatives to impact legislative response to the growing concerns affecting Black women, their families, socio-economic conditions and overall communities.
This year’s theme “Expanding the Circle, Expanding the Message, Expanding the Impact.” Featured speakers included: President of the Senate, The Hon. Katherine B.
Turning up the volume during the kick-off session, The Impact of Black Women’s Leadership in a Global Society was McGhee Williams Osse firmly encouraging the next generation of Black women to “Have the right tools, know how and don’t stick to doing what you’re comfortable with—develop new skills for growth,” make an agenda and financially stick with women you support.
Along the 10-year journey IBWPPI wanted to motivate young women by the legacies of women like Dr. Dorothy Height, Mary McLeod Bethune and the illustrious women who make up the IBWPPI Board of Directors. The Young Ambassadors Program (YAP), led by mothers, sisters, daughters and innovative executive thought leaders, was created to support and collaborate with distinguished community thought-leaders who have answered the call to lead by service and example. Chief Ambassador Ebonee Rice states, “IBWPPI has changed my life in addition to provide me a platform to benefit from the knowledge of our elders and a safe place for dialog among my peers.”
The community highlight was the IBWPPI Reading Room Initiative Project Ribbon Cutting ceremony held at Lillian G. Weir-Coakley Library. Dedicated to the Bahamian community in Nassau, The Reading Room Initiative Project is dedicated to create a literacy enriched environment that is safe and secure for youth of all ages, develop their reading skills promote leisure reading as a key to unlocking a youth’s full potential.