Black Women’s Blueprint envisions a world where women and girls of African descent are fully empowered and where gender, race and other disparities are erased.

Our Accomplishments

Over the past 10 years, we have been proud to create a blueprint for liberation 

  • Convened the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission (BWTRC) ever to focus on Black women and sexual violence along with programs steeped in the mandates of Truth, Justice, Healing and Reconciliation. 

  • Deployed multimedia cultural productions, language and analysis using theater for six years leading up to the BWTRC.

  • Produced open letters at a time where, other than the Black feminist letter to The New York Times in defense of Anita Hill, marginalized women rarely wrote open letters to institutional and individual harm-doers on a public scale. 

  • Produced think pieces, articles, actions and critical responses to the Slut Walk, Women’s March and other popular social events. 

  • Created powerful partnerships at the federal and local levels to influence key policies, having changed the paradigm, cultural gaze and influenced the national gaze upon Black women and girls to one that centered them, rather than pornified their bodies and identities. 

  • Took the plight of Black women to the United Nations U.N. with reports and testimony to demand Black women be written into international human rights history. We offered testimony in front of the International Committee on the Eradication of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and International Committee to End Torture (CAT) and ratify the Convention on the Eradication of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

  • Inspired, developed and proposed new approaches to analysis and action to change Black women’s material conditions which integrate structural and historical factors of oppression experienced by communities of African descendants, and operationalize the prevention of oppression. 

  • Created the Liberatory Trauma-Healing model through an iterative cycle, which we as survivors used to liberate ourselves. Through our Liberatory Trauma Healing Model, we cultivated and built brave space, mobilized communities, truth councils and cohorts of fierce advocates, activists, and community leaders. 

  • Opened a safe house in Ghana for LGBTQ people and partnered with farming and cooperative communities in Haiti. We developed formal relationships and shared financial resources with the matriarchal village near Nairobi, Kenya and with a traditional healers collective in Johannesburg, South Africa.

  • Implemented and continues to evaluate its social impact on community knowledge, willingness and participation in intervention that prevent sexualized violence from occurring at home, at schools/campus, health institutions, at church, the streets and elsewhere in communities.