Update from Young BPW Cyprus December Charity Event

In an effort to contribute to the Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family, Young BPW Cyprus organized a Christmas Charity fund-raising event, on the Thursday, December 15th, 2011 at Chateau Status in Lefkosia.

Guest were greeted with a brief welcome from BPW Cyprus President Mrs Alexandra Galanou, Young BPW Cyprus President Ms Maria Socratous and Officer of the Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family Mr Marios Nicolaou. During the event an awarded documentary addressing  domestic violence was shown and confectionery Bianco cookies were sold to raise more funds.

600 EURO collected at the event were donated to the Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family.

For more information regarding Young BPW Cyprus you can send them an email info@youngbpw.org.cy or call 00357-95701350. In addition, you can visit their new website www.youngbpw.org.cy.


Young BPW Europe latest News and upcoming events

Miette Dechelle, Young BPW Europe Representative sends her warm greetings for 2012 and she is very happy to share the latest news from Young BPWs in Europe. You can read the newsletter here: BPW Europe in a nutshell 3, 2011

Upcoming events:

4  February 2012: Swiss Young BPW Network Day (in English) in Luzern, Switzerland

4-6 May 2011: DACH (D/Germany – A/Austria – CH/Switzerland) Meeting in Lindau, Germany

 28-30 Sept. 2012: Young BPW International Congress in Sorrento

Young BPW member receives Yvonne Hebert Funding

It is with great pleasure to announce that Aminata Sidibe – Young BPW Representative of BPW Bamako (Mali) – is the recipient of the funding through a generous donation of the late Yvonne M.T. Hebert. She was selected because she of her work in a Least Developed Country and will be one of 10 individuals who have been selected by UN Women to attend the first week (27 February to 2 March 2012) of the fifty-sixth session of the Commission on the Status of Women CSW56.

Congratulations to Aminata and to Africa!

Freda Miriklis

BPW International President 2011 -2014

First, my thanks go to BPW International, although recently created our BPW Bamako found a place within the organization and was easily integrated with the support of the executive  board and the first Vice President Huguette Akplogan Dossa.
I was very pleased about the results of the Yvonne Hebert Funding Program and also happy with my selection by the UN Women to attend the first week (February 27 to March 2) of the fifty-sixth session of the Committee on the Status of Women: CSW 56, 2012. Since last year, I wanted to participate in the Committee on the Status of Women at its fifty-fifth session: CSW 55, 2011, unfortunately I dropped it because I did not have the funds to meet the needs of my trip to New York. This year, I would be back with Yvonne Hebert Funding Program. A big thanks to UN Women to achieve my dreams and the gift. Participate in the fifty-sixth session of the Committee on the Status of Women CSW-56, would be an opportunity for me to have a leadership training, mentoring, exchange ideas with other participants, to have professional experience, access to an international level networking and have a much broader issues of women locally and internationally. As Representative and President of Bamako YBPW AJADF (Youth Action Association for the Development of Women of Mali), I would like to devote myself to the protection and promotion of the interests of women in socio-economic   development for the achievement of their full civil rights and moral.

Thank you very much to all of you and best wishes for 2012!

Aminata Sidibé
Young BPW Représentative Bamako


Presenting “Walk the Talk” by BPW Buenos Aires


Puerto Madero was the ideal setting for mentors and mentees to join together for an empowering opening of the second stage of BPW Buenos Aires mentoring program: Walk the Talk.

Walk the Talk was the first mentoring walk created by BPW Buenos Aires to connect young members with women leaders. Vicky Scherer Keen, the President of Women and Sports,  an expert on nutrition hosted a discussion about the value of nutrition to complement the walk.

The experience was very productive, from rich learning experience to new learning to valuable relationships that were made during the walk.

The mentors became aware of importance to transfer the knowledge and gain the experience to facilitate the way of learning to young women.

The mentees increased the worth of themselves and became aware of  importance to invest in themselves. They also recognized the advantages of being open to learn from women who have traveled on the road to success.

There was plenty of warmth in the walk joined by the synergy of the shared experience and possibility of future opportunities that mentoring program generates. The walk was filled with positive values such as understanding, tolerance, discipline and dynamism.

In view of the positive outcome of the activity, BPW Buenos Aires intends to deepen the strategy of creating links between women leaders and potential young professionals for leadership development.

BPW International Internship – Beginning my Career with BPW

By Meghan Krumholz, BPW International Intern September 2010 – March 2011

In the summer of 2010, I applied and interviewed for an internship with Business and Professional Women International (BPW International for short). I had the pleasure of meeting then BPW International President Elizabeth Benham and the other amazing staff of the international office. I was eager to learn more about the organization and how I could be a part of it. After a long discussion I was pleased to learn that I would start my internship with BPW in September.

From day one, I quickly learned about all of the good work BPW International contributes to the United Nations as an NGO with consultative status, an honor BPW has held for more than 60 years. I had several incredible opportunities to liaise with UN Women representatives to set a course for the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP). This included sitting in on important strategy meetings and having an invaluable chance not only to meet and network with UN representatives, but also to personally contribute to the conversation.

While interning, I helped plan the important Triennial Congress in Helsinki this past June. I was afforded the opportunity to speak not only with business and political leaders but, more importantly, with so many incredible BPW members. I learned that what makes BPW such a great organization is not only its contributions at the UN but the important work of each BPW club, affiliation and member. It is the hard work, dedication and passion of each woman that makes BPW so incredible.

As an event planner and advocate working in New York City, I am putting the skills I learn at BPW International to use every day. The professional training and mentorship I continue to gain from BPW has helped me stand out in the workplace in such a positive way.

The BPW Internship was a truly rewarding experience and an important first step in my career. I am happy to know that my continued growth as a professional woman will be steps that I take with the support of more than 30,000 BPW members. As a Young BPW member I am excited to be a part of such an incredible network of women.



Call for 2 Young BPW UN Representatives

Dear Young BPW International and EPW-NY Members,

BPW International has a great opportunity for 2 young members to be closely working with United Nations! As you are aware, the International Federation for Business and Professional Women (BPW International for short) and EPW as a part of that organization, is accredited to the United Nations and provides access to that body’s deliberations with a ground pass for designated representatives to attend meetings and advocate for our interests with UN member states missions. The Department of Public Information (DPI) is looking for two young members from BPW International to volunteer for this position.

Young BPW UN Representative description and requirements:

  • Age 18-24
  • BPW Membership required
  • Able to attend UN meetings in Manhattan (a significant number of these meetings)
    • Almost always on a Thursday morning
  • Report on meetings
  • It is a plus if you have expertise in editorial work, networking and/or social media
  • Should be aware of how to advocate for issues
  • Should be able to follow issues and disseminate information
  • Must disseminate information to the general public about
    • United Nations
    • Raise awareness about various issues raised by DPI
    • Follow up on interesting topics with briefings on information, recommend advocacy and action opportunities for BPW International
    • Advocate for issues with various member states, follow those issues and disseminate information

Please review the Young BPW UN Representative description and requirements. For more information and if you are interested to apply, please contact Young EPW – New York Representative Kathryn Ciccolini (info.yepwny@gmail.com) and Young BPW International Representative Anastasia Victoria Safarian (anastasia.safarian@bpw-international.org).

For more information regarding DPI, visit www.un.org/dpi/ngosection.

Thank you!

Kathryn Ciccolini RN, BSN            Anastasia Victoria Safarian

Young EPW-NY Representative     Young BPW-International Representative