BUSINESS & PROFESSIONAL WOMEN...
Making a Difference for Women in Australia
Joining BPW Australia is a great way for women to meet, network and socialise with other women who want to see gender equality and work positively towards this aim through projects, research and informative meetings and workshops.
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The members of BPW meet in local clubs across Australia and come together at regular BPW Australia National Conferences.
We enjoy opportunities for personal and professional development and networking, and to work on issues that are important to working women. Clubs are active in their local community and some clubs recognise and reward women who are high achievers through various award program. Find your local BPW Club below...
BPW New South Wales has five active clubs across the state. Each club meets monthly and runs projects to further the aims and objectives of BPW in its local area. The BPW Clubs in NSW are represented on the BPW Australia Board by NSW State Representative, Julianne McKeon. If there is no club in your area and you would like to start one, you can contact Julianne McKeon firstname.lastname@example.org
The Northern Territory has a Club in Darwin with approximately 40 members. BPW Darwin meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. Club activities include a six-month values-led group mentoring program, seminars and workshops designed to increase women's knowledge and skills in a range of areas. Although BPW Darwin is currently the only club in the Northern Territory, BPW Australia is keen to expand BPW across the Territory with clubs in other regions. Contact Wendy Burns, BPW NT Representative to find out about the support and resources available to start a new club in your local community. email@example.com
BPW Queensland has three active clubs, BPW Caboolture, and BPW North Lakes and BPW Southside. The BPW members in Queensland are represented on the BPW Australia Board by State Representative, Trish Springsteen. Trish has been a member of BPW for 6+ years and is looking forward to working with the Queensland clubs to encourage membership, personal growth, advocacy and networking. Trish is a member of BPW Caboolture and loves the opportunities that BPW offers to connect with like minded women. If you have queries concerning BPW in Queensland, please contact Trish firstname.lastname@example.org
In South Australia, BPW Adelaide has been active for over 65 years and draws members from the public, private, academic and no-profit sections. The club has a strong focus on advocacy to make a difference for women and building members' competence, capacity and confidence. If you have queries concerning BPW in South Australia, including whether a club might be established in your town, contact the BPW SA Representative, Gillian Lewis email@example.com.
Victoria has five active BPW clubs across the state. Each club provides its members with strong support, mentoring, networking and personal and professional development though their meetings and projects. Our clubs also meet together three times a year for the Victoria State Club Meetings to work together on issues important to our membership. A bi-annual State Gathering is conducted, the next being 2019. This event brought members together to network, socialise, gain skills, improve awareness of BPW’s Aims, build self-confidence and maximise the future potential of members. If there is no club nearby and you would like to consider setting up one in your locality, please contact our BPW VIC Representative, Anne Daniel firstname.lastname@example.org
In Western Australia we have four active BPW Clubs located in both the city and rural areas. All of our clubs provide members with strong support, mentoring, networking and lively meetings with great guest speakers. If you would like to attend a meeting as a guest, clubs will welcome your enquiry. If there is no club nearby and you would like to consider setting up one in your locality, please contact our BPW WA President, Sandra Cook email@example.com
BPW Australia members represent a diversity of women's expertise and aspirations across the private, public and non-profit sectors.
Influencing. Locally, BPW clubs across Australia have been proactive in women’s affairs for a long time. For the past 70 years, we have supported, encouraged and educated women and girls, succeeding in our lobbying efforts to influence local and national governments to address women’s issues. And, along the way, we enjoy the journey.
Growing. BPW has a strong focus on professional and personal development. BPW Australia continues to deliver programs that develop leadership through building women's competence, capacity and confidence in their personal and professional arenas. We also hold regular events to empower women and girls. BPW members have a reputation for being committed, proactive, friendly, professional, smart...and lots of fun.
Connecting. To progress our projects, we run events such as seminars, workshops and leadership weekends when we learn, share and enjoy getting to know each other. Our members often attend Regional, National and International events and many have a strong interest in international affairs, preparing resolutions for discussion and approval at BPW's National and International Conferences.
BPW Australia takes national action for women’s equality – at work, on boards, in leadership.
The root of BPW’s advocacy is embedded in the work with the United Nations. BPW has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and participatory status with the Council of Europe. Each year a large consortium of self-funded BPW members attends the Convention on the Status of Women in New York. On this stage, the governments of the world report on gender equity progress. Throughout the year, BPW continues its representation at UN Headquarters in New York, Vienna, Geneva; Council of Europe; European Women’s Lobby with nearly thirty BPW representatives to UN regional offices and agencies. "Each woman, as a citizen, must bring to the national policy of her own country, the contribution of forward-looking and constructive thought followed by determined action. Each woman must dedicate herself to protect and promote the interests of all other women in business and the professions." Quote from the BPW Founder Lena Madesin Phillips. BPW International was awarded a Peace Messenger Certificate from UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar in 1987. Esther Hymer, BPW International representative at the UN, was named as one of three women playing a significant role in the work of the then, UN Commission by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 1997.
Every year, we mark Equal Pay Day as a way of drawing attention to the wage gap that exists in most countries between women and men. Our aim is to work towards reducing the damaging and substantial income gap between women and men, and to do this we want to encourage and motivate BPW affiliates all over the world to establish an Equal Pay Day in their own country. Each affiliate’s first task is to put this issue on the public agenda by raising awareness about the issue of equal pay and making ‘wages’ a more acceptable subject of discussion. Only then will a country’s leaders be moved to initiate a policy review.
Launched on International Women's Day, the Women's Empowerment Principles-Equality Means Business suggests seven steps for companies to take to empower women in the workplace and the marketplace. They were launched by the United Nations Development Fund For Women (UNIFEM, part of UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact on March 8th, 2010 based on a multi-stakeholder consultative process. The Women’s Empowerment Principles are subtitled Equality Means Business because the full participation of women benefits business and by signing the Statement of Support, CEOs will demonstrate leadership on gender equality and women’s empowerment and will encourage fellow business leaders to do the same.
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