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International Women of Color (IWC)

Esther Dunnegan

IWC Director

Greetings from the National Director
of International Women of Color

As our sorority enters its second century, International Women of Color (IWC) is pleased to have a major role in the service rendered by our sisterhood. Since our founding on Howard University’s campus on Jan. 16, 1920, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, has always pursued and had an interest in women of color worldwide.


The sorority’s international programs began in earnest with the chartering of its first international chapter in Monrovia, Liberia, and the creation of the ninth region in 1948.  

As a component of Z-HOPE™ (Zetas Helping Other People Excel), IWC implemented programs impacting the mind, body and spirit throughout Africa.


For the mind, IWC established a “Promoting Literacy Program,” in which books and educational supplies were collected and delivered to Malawi and Cape Coast, Ghana.


For the body, IWC facilitated the “She Who Brings Water Brings Life” and has bored water wells throughout Ghana.


For the spirit, IWC supported various programs related to HIV/AIDS, poverty and hunger, home care assistance, medical kits and emergency accommodations and shelters for women and children suffering from domestic violence.

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