Welcome to BPW Europe!
The International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International) is an influential international network of business and professional women from over 100 countries in 5 continents with Consultative Status at ECOSOC/United Nations. Founded in 1930, BPW International has advocated for workplace equality, the right to vote, equal pay and represents women in the economy and women in leadership, power and decision making roles.
BPW International is bringing the voice of women to business by leading the awareness of the Women’s Empowerment Principles: Equality Means Business; Equal Pay Day Campaigns and bringing greater economic benefit to women entrepreneurs.
BPW Europe is one of the five regions of BPW International with 20000 members in 32 countries. There is no better time to join BPW and bring the voice of women to business.
BPW members are courageous women. Bold Women. We are Empowered Women Leading Business...in the community, at all levels and from the top. Join us now!
Sign the petition Act4Growth for Female Entrepreneurs!
PLEASE SIGN THE CAMPAIGN FOR GROWTH, JOBS AND SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH POLICY SUPPORT FOR FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS.
SIGN AT WWW.ACT4GROWTH.ORG
WOMEN–OWNED BUSINESSES – THE ECONOMIC IMPERATIVE
Recognizing that policies to support women-owned businesses have fallen off the European Commission's legislative agenda, 28 citizens, one representing each member state, have initiated a European Citizens Initiative to make women in business a focus of ECONOMIC policy.
A European Citizens Initiative, ECI is an instrument set up within the European Treaty and legislative process to enable citizens of the EU to have a voice. In this case, the ECI known as Act 4 Growth, presents 4 key pieces of policy needed to increase the number of female entrepreneurs.
Significant measures are needed to capitalize on the full potential of enterprises for sustainable economic growth and job creation in Europe, especially following the crisis.
- ACT4Growth has 4 concrete proposals for policy intervention to develop female entrepreneurship and support sustainable growth in Europe.
- 1. Create an office of European Women's Business Ownership within the Ministry of Economy.
- 2. Appoint a Women’s Enterprise Director
- 3. Collect data, produce annual policy and research updates
- 4. Enforce current gender equality legislation
- These policies replicate those put in place in 1988 in USA who then doubled the number of female entrepreneurs and increased jobs created. The mandatory element of data collection and procurement policy had the greatest effect.
Equal Pay Day 2013 in Europe
In 2009 BPW started its international Equal Pay Day Awareness campaign.
Last year our affiliated federations and clubs in Europe were active again for organizing events and activities around Equal Pay Day.
First results of our Equal Pay Day Awareness campaign have been achieved in some countries.
The European Equal Pay Day was in 2012 on 2nd March as the average pay gap decreased to 16.4 % (17 % in 2011)!
This year BPW in 23 countries in our region were active on Equal Pay Day.
Some interestesting videos to create awareness about Equal Pay:
BPW Dance "Women of the World"
For the European Congress in Sorrento we created a special dance for the song "Women of the World" of Jeanette Arsenault from BPW Canada.
Now this dance is going around the world, and women danced in USA, Kanada, Estonia and also in Taiwan at the Regional Conference Asia Pacific.
Come and join this international dance movement!