Last week, members of the Black Women for Wellness team were in DC to attend the Congressional Black Caucus 48th Annual Legislative Conference. Throughout the week, we were surrounded by powerful, intelligent engaging leaders in our community who are continually fighting for the well-being of black people across the country. This was even more evident while attending the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute’s 10th Annual Policy Forum. Black women political leaders from the United States, the Caribbean and Nigeria attended the moderated conversation where they discussed the issues facing black women in their respective countries and the progress we’ve made so far. One sentiment that rang true throughout the discussion was the need for black women everywhere to be a guiding hand for the young women who will be future leaders. Mentorship, opportunity, and guidance are essential for in order for more black women to hold more positions of power in government and corporate companies.
One of the most exciting events during CBC weekend was the 7th Annual Planned Parenthood Brunch honoring champions of Women’s Health Care. The event featured Senator Kamala Harris and Congressman Elijah Cummings but more excitingly, the new CEO of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leanna Wen was on hand and gave a rousing speech to the women and men in the room who had no choice but to give a standing ovation after an impassioned, candid speech about the state of women’s right’s in America. Dr. Wen served as the Commissioner of Health in Baltimore and has first-hand experience and knowledge of the challenges black women and teens face when it comes to access to health care. She is without a doubt a champion for black women and BWW is excited about her new role.
This month, the BWW team has been all over the country doing what we do best–advocating for black women. We’ll keep the blog up-to-date so you’ll be able to keep up with all things BWW.