Young BPW Cyprus December Charity Event


The Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family (ΣΠΑΒΟ)

 THURSDAY 15 OF DECEMBER 2011 @18:00


Tickets will be available for sale for EURO 10 (including coffee and cakes and the chance to win an accommodation for 2 in Akamas Health & Farm Spa).

Cupcakes and Holiday cookie boxes for sale from BIANCO on the day of the event.


Please RSVP by December 12: / 95-701350


Young BPW Cyprus Charity Event

Young BPW Cyprus Charity Event in Greek


Young BPW Cup La Spezia

Dear Young BPWs,

Young BPW Cup La Spezia Award Winner 

I am pleased to inform you that Maria Letizia Piera Pumo received this year the Young BPW Cup La Spezia 2011 Award.

Young BPW Cup La Spezia Award Winner this is year is Maria Letizia Piera Pumo

Maria Letizia is an astrofisician of 32 years old, member of the association BPW/Fidapa Misterbianco in Sicily, Italy since 2005. She is one of the rare women in Europe and the only one in Italy working on applyied theory in astrophysics on “modelling” the supernova.
She published 33 scientific publications and 30 scientific works. She participated as project manager or co-manager to many projects of research at national and international level among which the PESSTO (Public ESO Spectroscopic Survey for Transient Objects; see at the European Southern Observatory with the participation of 64 researchers from 32 woroldwide research institutes (UK, Italy, Germany, France, Denmark, Portugal, US, Israel, Chily and Australia), including the Nobel prize 2011 winner, M. Schmidt.
She received National and International awards for her work in 2007: “Pietro Tacchini” prize of the Italian Astronomical Society; in 2008: “Padova Citta delle Stelle” international prize and in 2010: “Bonino-Pulejo Foundation” award.

On Saturday 26 of November, BPW La Spezia handed over awards to remarkable italian women for their work in civil society, and a special award dedicated to Young BPW in Europe to Maria Letizia Piera Pumo. Among a complete booked room of participants, the Young BPW Representatives from Italy – Anna Giulia Manno, Europe – Miette Dechelle, and International – Anastasia Victoria Safarian,  were present at the event.

Young BPW International - Anastasia Victoria Safarian, BPW Italy Representatives - Anna Giulia Manno and Young BPW Europe Representative - Miette Dechelle

The BPW La Spezia Cup event was very successful and allowed one more time to promote women of exception at National, European and International level.

We would like again to thank the BPW La Spezia, its President, the Jury Members, and Members, for organising such an event.

More information are on the Young BPW Europe page – Young BPW Europe Page (inluding pictures and BPW La Spezia Story information and links).

With my best regards

Miette Dechelle

Young BPW Europe Representative 2011-2014


The Young BPW Cup  is organised by BPW La Spezia, Italy to distinguish Young BPW from Europe for their leadership and professionalism. It is given at a public ceremony with the presence of authorities, artists and a large public to recognize the merit of the winners.

Since 2005 BPW club of La Spezia in Italy has been organising an award for Italian Women Leaders and Entrepreneurs. The award was reiterated in 2006.

Following the success of the events, it was agreed at the XII European Congress of Stockholm to open the award in 2007 to BPW Young Europe. The award dedicated to Young BPW Europe started in 2007.

The award was a sculpture made by the internationally known artist Marisa Marino, representing herfeeling on womanliness. Marisa marino is a member of La Spezia Club.

The Jury was composed of Alessandra Del Monte, Mirella Barbagli, Giuseppina Pravettoni and Enrica Bellini BPW Europe Finance Officer.

Past Winners:

In 2010, the winner was the Spanish photographer Rocio Ruiz from BPW club of Valence for her work in building a Spanish Young BPW network.

In 2009 the winner was Maria Petruzzi, orthopaedic paediatrician of BPW club of Milan, Italy. The price was a ceramic statue representing a woman of the Italian artist, Marisa Marino. At the ceremony took place at the Convent of the Olivetani with readings of poems and dancing.

In 2008, the winner was Chiara Polita, president of the Section of San Dona of Piave, for her professional merit and scientific curriculum. The event took place 14th Century Conference Hall of the Convent of the Olivetani.  The event was presented by the president of the section Fidapa of La Spezia, Marisa Sergi and the award was given to Chiara Polita by Enrica Bellini, the Finance Officer of BPW Europe.

The 2007 winner was Dagmar Trebetznik, Young BPW Germany and, President of BPW Club Berlin for dedicated work to the club of Berlin as and for Young BPW.

Say No To Violence against Women

Dear BPW members,

I would like to share the latest event organized by BPW Buenos Aires President Graciela de Oto and young lawyer Silke Mayra Arndt to remember International Day of Elimination of Violence against Women, published in Say No To Violence against Women. This open letter is an effort to put the Women´s Empowerment Principles into a practice. 

Warm Regards,

Sofia Torroba

Young BPW Latin America Representative (2011-2014)

BPW International travels to Chongqing, China

Erika Zoeller Véras, BPW Brazil member, who is currently living and studying in Wuhan, China. Her PhD research is focused on Gender and Entrepreneurship. While studying, she also is able puts her skills into practice by assisting Brazilian companies to do business in China. In September of 2011, Erika attended Global Platform on Sourcing from Women Vendors, Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum held in Chongqing, China and summarized her experience at the event in the document below.

Global Platform on Sourcing from Women Vendors

Erika many thanks for sharing your experience in such a dynamic way!

Looking forward to hear from you again soon!

Young BPW Europe Newsletter and European Internship

Miette Dechelle, Young BPW Europe Representative (2011-2014) shared her latest update on activities in Europe in the latest edition of Young BPW Europe in a nutshell 2. She is also happy to announce that the Young BPW Europe La Spezia Cup 2011 is now open.  If you wish to apply for Young BPW Europe La Spezia Cup 2011, please follow the instructions on the Young BPW Europe page. Below please find more information on wonderful internship opportunities in Europe for those who are seeking internships.

Internship opportunities at the EWL Secretariat

The EWL Secretariat runs has an internship programme aiming to provide students and recent graduates with a practical insight into political work on women’s rights and equality between women and men at European level and the functioning of the European Union institutions.

BPW Europe is represented in the Board of Administration of the European Women’s Lobby. Our BPW Europe Representative is  Solveig Staffas, BPW Sweden.

Current call:

The EWL is seeking to recruit a full time paid intern for the first half of 2012, starting 09 January 2012.

To apply, please complete the application form and return it by e-mail to:, mentioning in the subject line ‘Application for paid internship’.

NB: CVs and applications sent by post will not be considered. The deadline for applications is 13 November 2011.

Interviews will be conducted in late November by telephone or in person in Brussels (exact date to be confirmed to shortlisted candidates). Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please note that the EWL will not be able to reimburse expenses for interviews.

A job description and conditions of employment are available at the end of the application form.

Unpaid internships
Unpaid internships within academic or other programmes, preferably sponsored by an institution other than EWL and for a period of 3 months. The conditions are the following:

•You are a student
•You are available for a duration of 3 months (or more if a longer internship is required by the university)
•Your internship can be regulated by a convention/contract with a school / university
•You have some demonstrated knowledge of women’s rights / gender equality issues and of European Union policies and institutions
•You have a valid work permit to work in Belgium (for persons who are not nationals of countries of the EU and European Economic Area (and for Romanian and Bulgarian nationals, where a work permit is still necessary until 2014), except for those who are studying in Belgium (requirement of Belgian legislation)).

If you are interested in an unpaid internship, please download the application form and return to Leanda Barrington-Leach, EWL Communications and Media Officer: ✉ For any questions or points of clarification, please contact: Leanda Barrington-Leach: ✉ – Tel +32 (0)2 217 90 20

Please note that all unpaid internship positions in the EWL Secretariat prior to September 2012 have been filled. Candidatures for September-December 2012 can be submitted at any time but will only be considered in October 2011.

Vacancies: Unpaid internships at the European Institute for Gender Equality (open deadline)” – Posted on 14 September 2011

The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) has launched a call for applications in connection with a number of cost free traineeships based here in Vilnius, Lithuania. More information at:

Enterprising and Professional Women – Syracuse University leading by example

Meet Jalisa Wright, a founder of a Recognized Student Organization on the campus of Syracuse University: the Enterprising and Professional Women – Syracuse University. Jalisa shared her story, her internship experience with BPW International and how the idea to start a University Charter was born.

In December of 2009, I started the internship I was awarded when I won 1st place in a writing competition presented by Blossom and BPW International. The internship was at the International President, Liz Benham, Office in Bayblon, NY. I started off researching the history of the organization so then I could help to launch the 80th Birthday celebration of BPW International. During my one month stay, I became close to the President and another young woman, Lauren Remson, who was helping maintain the office out of her own spare time. Learning about the organization directly from the International President was rewarding. I was able to work with International members during my time and develop a relationship with members in my own city.

Attending the Enterprising and Professional Women (EPW) – Manhattan meeting in July is when I decided BPW International was an organization I wanted to be a part of. I met an enormous amount of women who all came to EPW-NY to advance their careers and meet other women who were doing the same. EPW provided a space where women can come together, learn more from the monthly meetings presented by membership to the club, promote themselves and the resources they had to help another women obtain her goal. Working under the International President confirmed how these same principles are played out globally with seminars conducted by business women, conferences, UN representation, and clubs in rural areas of the world to uplift and promote women who normally do not get access to these kinds of resources. The meaningful dinner I had that evening with Barbara Howie and another interested young woman, Kathryn Ciccolini, confirmed my existing good feelings toward the organization and encouraged me to continue to move forward with pursuing membership. I became a member in October 2010.

During the end of the semester break in December of the same year, I met with Barbara Howie the President of EPW-NY, Kathryn Ciccolini the Young EPW-NY Representative, and Keachea Dixon to discuss chartering a club on my campus. I spent my entire recess, semester and summer recruiting the right individuals; ones who would embrace the mission of the organization and see the club to fruition. Enterprising and Professional Women – Syracuse University was founded on the campus of Syracuse University September 30, 2011 by Jalisa Wright and its charter members Salena Moore, Imani Jackson, Gifty Agyapong, Sheena Barthelus, Chinenye Monde, Olevia Mitchell, Shane Jones and Nicole Williams thanks to the help of Barbara Howie, Barbara Yong of BPW Northwestern University Samothrace, Keachea Dixon and Kathryn Ciccolini.

Seated from left to right: Imani Jackson and Gifty Agyapong, standing from left to right: Shane Jones, Nicole Williams, Jalisa Wright, Olevia Mitchell, and Salena Moore

EPW-SU intends to carry out the mission of advancing the status of women in the workplace by spreading awareness of the pay disparity between men and women, providing a network of Business and Professional women, and generating opportunities for college women to gain leadership skills and get business orientated. EPW-SU plans to host a week of events during Women’s History Month to highlight growth and success in the history of the women’s struggle for equal recognition. We would like to award scholarships to young women exiting college who are starting a business and young women from the Syracuse Community entering college intending to major in Entrepreneurship at the business school here at Syracuse University. We’re excited to get started upholding the organization’s mission and look forward to meeting members from the States and Worldwide.

Congratulations to Jalisa Wright, Enterprising and Professional Women – New York and everyone who worked very hard to achieve this wonderful accomplishment of establishing a University Charter. BPW International is not only growing, but it is also now conquering new frontiers.