When and Where I Enter, Inc. is a philanthropic organization based in Houston, Texas. It was founded by attorney Veta Byrd-Perez in 2005 to provide support in the form of grants for nongovernmental organizations striving to improve the quality of life for Black women and girls in Latin American countries. Approximately one-third of the region is of African descent. This population faces disproportionate poverty, lack of access to education and health care, and many other overwhelming obstacles. Black women experience unique and complex challenges due to entrenched racism and sexism. After volunteering for a microfinance organization in Quito, Ecuador, for several months, Byrd-Perez was inspired to create a foundation to facilitate the positive social change being created by Afro-descendant women in Latin America.
The name of the organization comes from a quote by the extraordinary activist, educator and scholar Anna Julia Cooper who was born to an enslaved woman in North Carolina in 1858. Cooper, the fourth Black woman in the United States to earn a Ph.D., spent her life advocating for and uplifting Black women and youth. She authored the 1892 book “A Voice from the South” in which she wrote: “only the black woman can say when and where I enter, in the quiet, undisputed dignity of my womanhood, without violence and without suing or special patronage, then and there the whole Negro race enters with me.” This quote epitomizes the philosophy upon which When and Where I Enter, Inc. operates – that the success of families and communities in countries such as those in Latin America is directly related to the social, economic and political success of the women in those communities.
- To honor Afro-Latina women as a cornerstone of their respective communities.
- To empower Afro-Latina women and girls to improve the quality of their lives and to become self-sufficient contributing members of the community through meaningful socio-economic participation.
- To increase awareness and support of issues facing Afro-Latinas and their communities
Vision, Values and Beliefs Statement:
WWIE is guided by our vision of an equitable and progressive world where access to health, education and opportunity are not limited by race or gender. WWIE values the contribution of all members of society and we believe that every voice, especially that of the marginalized, deserves to be recognized and heard.
La misión de WWIE es:
- Honrar las mujeres Afro-Latinas como una base de sus comunidades respectivas.
- Dar poder a mujeres y niñas Afro-Latinas para mejorar la calidad de sus vidas y volverse miembros auto-suficientes y contribuyentes a la comunidad a través de una participación socio-económica significativa.
- Incrementar conciencia y apoyo de Afro-Latinas y sus comunidades.
Declaración de Visión, Valores y Creencias:
WWIE es guiado por nuestra visión de un mundo equitativo y progresivo donde el acceso a salud, educación y oportunidad no es limitado por raza o género. WWIE valora la contribución de todos los miembros de la sociedad y creemos que cada voz, especial- mente las de los marginados, merece ser reconocida y escuchada.