Working Groups

Interdisciplinary projects driven and lead by BPW members in the region

Equal Pay Day

Women’s accounts are in the red – In the European Union, the average Gender Pay Gap is 16 per cent (comparison between hourly salaries). Women above 65 are the most at risk of falling into poverty, as they earned less and also have lower pensions as a result. The BPW federations and associate clubs of Europe have been running the Equal Pay Day campaign for the past ten years and will continue to do so in the coming years.

Learning for Leadership

Our working group ‘Learning for Leadership’, chaired by Conny Montague, has hosted its successful 6th edition of the digital leadership training for women in September and October 2023. This virtual training offering is open for everyone, BPW and non-BPW. Make sure to sign up timely to reserve a seat.

Green and Sustainable

Observed annually since 1970, one month after the spring equinox, Earth Day marks the anniversary of modern environmental consciousness and dedicated care for the planet. BPW seeks to promote the message of sustainability and encourage individual responsibility and action in women. Our goal is to mold and shape sustainability from a woman’s perspective.

Charter of the Girls' Rights

The original drafting of the Charter for Little Girl’s Rights was submitted and approved during the 1997 European Congress in Reykjavik, after a seminar coordinated by Janice Brancroft on “The future of a child in Europe”. This charter is a unique work in the history of gender culture, written by BPW Europe, following the dramatic condition of women, presented in Beijing at the World Conference on Women in 1995.

WEP Women Empowerment Principles

Launched on International Women’s Day, the Women’s Empowerment Principles “Equality Means Business” suggest seven steps for companies to take to empower women in the workplace and the market place. They were launched by  UN Women and the United Nations Global Compact on March 8th, 2010 based on a multi-stakeholder consultative process.

Women on Boards

Women on Boards has launched a a campaign called “Boards with Women” inviting women and men to work together and commit the change. The introduction of quota systems for women represents a qualitative jump into a policy of exact goals and means. These materials can be used for free on social media.

Do you want to contribute?

Each Working Group has a so-called “Chair” that hosts and coordinates all activities of a Working Group. Each Chair needs to be re-elected by the group every triennium in order to keep it fresh and allow succession.

The ECC manages the coordination of all Working Groups, whereas the responsibility of each Working Group is held by its Chair.

The easiest way is to contact the current Working Group Chair. The names and their contacts are indicated in the individual pages. If you aren’t sure which Working Group you want to join, then reach out to the Working Group Coordinator Moyra McMahon.

If you’re already a Working Group member, you can share your commitment to the current Chair and the ECC. Election will happen either ad-hoc or at the yearly Presidents Meeting in spring.

The creation of a new Working Group has to be submitted as a proposal to the ECC with the following criteria: Purpose, Goal, Deliverables and Milestones, Planned Meetings and Webinars. New Working Group proposals will need to be presented in person at the yearly Presidents Meeting.


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