Young EPW-NYS Representative report

EPW New York State

Dear EPW-NYS Members,

If I could summarize this weekend, I would say it consisted of beautiful connections and was an overall great learning experience. As a member of this organization since 2010, I continue to learn new things daily about EPW.  As Young EPW-NYS Representative, I ensured our voices were heard at the national level regarding our needs.

Below please find a summary of the eventful weekend

EPW-NY Nationally Recognized

First and foremost I wanted to congratulate New York and the young members for being NATIONALLY recognized as the leading state in the nation for Young EPW-NY members! When I started in 2010 there were 6 young members; currently there are 23! This recognition is being sent to International news to be published on the E-Newsletter. Everyone was looking to NY for how to get young members involved and how to fulfill the needs of this specific population. The best…

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WEPs & RIO+20 Update

Dear All

I am pleased to share the news that the WEPs website is live, at http://www.weprinciples.org.  The launch of the website was announced at the Rio+20 Corporate Sustainability Forum (CSF) on 18 June (live webcast at: http://webtv.un.org).
There is much information that can be reviewed on the website including the new tools and resources. BPW International has provided input into the ongoing development of resources through our contribution to the WEPs Leadership Group and annual WEPs meetings in New York during March. More recently we presented at the WEPs side event during CSF and collaborated with the UN Global Compact to produce the Cracking the Ceiling. Raising the Floor flyer [also launched during a CSF side event]. The flyer has a reference to BPW International which we are very please about and can be accessed at: http://weprinciples.unglobalcompact.org/files/attachments/41.pdf
The website will promote greater transparency around corporate efforts to implement the WEPs, and we encourage all BPW affiliates that have contributed CEO Statement signers to submit links to annual or other reports communicating progress on implementing women’s empowerment and gender equality by emailing: womens-empowerment-principles@unglobalcompact.org. The WEPs reporting guidance (http://weprinciples.org/files/attachments/29.pdf) offers specific suggestions for best practice reporting.
BPW International joined the UN Global Compact, existing partners ITC and We Connect International to reaffirm our commitment to the Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors and more specifically WEPs principle #5.  I made an announcement jointly with Amanda Ellis, Head of NZ Aid Programme after a corporate luncheon with Michelle Bachelet. We further entered into an in principle agreement to work with SEBRAE [Brazilian Micro and Small Business Support Service] through BPW Brazil to secure a strong delegation of Brazilian women to attend the 2nd Global Platform for Action in Mexico City. BPW Brazil will also now work with Itaipú [hydroelectric dam on the Paraná River; Latin American controlled by the Brazilian and Paraguayan governments and signatory of the WEPs] to raise awareness around the WEPs and EPD.
The Future We Want Outcome document is now available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish and can be accessed at: http://www.uncsd2012.org/rio20/thefuturewewant.html

Freda Miriklis
President, BPW International  2011-2014
International Federation of Business and Professional Women

Challenge 11: How improving women’s status helps us all

The Conversation 22 June 2012

Authors

Mel Dunn General Manager International Development at UniQuest at University of Queensland

Danielle Logue Lecturer in Strategy & Innovation at University of Technology, Sydney

Disclosure Statement

  • Mel Dunn is affiliated with White Ribbon in a voluntary capacity as a White Ribbon Ambassador, a role he has adopted since 2009.
  • Danielle Logue does not work for, consult to, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has no relevant affiliations.

The Conversation provides independent analysis and commentary from academics and researchers. We are funded by CSIRO, Melbourne, Monash, RMIT, UTS, UWA, Deakin, Flinders, La Trobe, Murdoch, QUT, Swinburne, UniSA, UTAS and VU.

In part 11 of the multi-disciplinary Millennium Project series, Danielle Logue and Mel Dunn note the striking absence of male voices in discussions of women’s empowerment, despite it being fundamental to a legion of social improvements.

Global Challenge 11: How can the changing status of women help improve the human condition?

Women’s empowerment has been one of the strongest drivers of social change over the past century. Although much progress has been made, significant differences still remain for women’s economic and political participation.

This is unacceptable to anyone seeking greater equality for women, but also for those who want to improve the human condition. So rather than rattling off statistics about women’s representation as heads of government, on corporate boards, or as a proportion of wages, we present three arguments that go towards re-imagining the Millennium Development Goals’ (MDGs) gender priorities.

Top priority

In the Millennium Project’s global challenges, the status of women is numbered 11 out of 15. While probably not intended to represent rank, the changing status of women is far more fundamental than this number represents.

It underpins the achievement of all the goals, particularly MDG2 (universal primary education), MDG3 (equality and women’s empowerment) and MDG5 (maternal health). In fact, it is hard to imagine any of the other 14 global challenges in the State of the Future not benefiting from the improved status of women.

Equally, unless these other challenges are genuinely approached with a true understanding of gender, it is hard to imagine much success.

A society where the female voice is sought and heard, where the principles of equity (fairness) and equality (opportunity) co-exist, where gender-based violence is not committed or excused, is a more powerful and effective society.

From Kofi Annan espousing the power and importance of educating girls (and boys) as the most powerful development policy, to Ban Ki-moon highlighting the factual links between educated girls and enhanced health and maternal outcomes, the value of creating a more equal world is clearly fundamental to improving the human condition.

The other half

Our second observation, is directly related to expediting progress towards changing women’s status. Although we have increasing numbers of female CEOs, board members, politicians and even a few female national leaders, we are far from equality.

Rafts of programs and policies have had little effect – according to Queensland University’s Dr Terrence Fitzsimmons, with over 2,000 studies on gender disparity in leadership positions continuing to be debated.

What we observe, amongst these discussions, is that whilst there are many associations, conferences, panels and programs to address gender equity and equality – in business, development and politics – there are strikingly few or no men involved.

For example, one of the roles of UN Women Australia is to “Challenge attitudes which perpetuate gender inequality in Australia and globally”, yet its national board is 100% female. We suggest that the inclusion of men on such boards (or panels, task-forces and programs) may have significant impact – or at least, is worthy of consideration.

One such example, that is working well, is the White Ribbon campaign. This is a male-led campaign (led by a female CEO), where men are addressing the issues of violence against women; issues that clearly impact women’s status.

Prevention of domestic violence obviously requires men’s input, and their direct involvement in this campaign is a successful example of where focusing on men’s role can improve the status of women. Here women and men are working effectively together to change the status of women.

Women’s business

Our third argument in regards to the need for changing the status of women is about presenting the arguments for change as both a moral and economic imperative. With an estimated control of over 70% of global consumer spending, women are strongly influencing market preferences.

University of Oxford’s Professor Linda Scott recently coined the term the Double X Economy to describe the global economy of women. She argues that: “While women have always engaged in economic behaviour, their activities and outcomes have usually gone unnoticed, unmeasured, untracked, and unregulated, because of assumptions and limitations inherent in conventional economic thought”.

By recognising the role of consumption in economic development, women’s influence on consumption patterns becomes strikingly important, and begins to reveal the power and reach of the women’s economy. As outlined by Professor Scott, women are often employed in informal work or in un-monetised work, and so their considerable power has been made invisible.

No simple answers

The changing status of women is clearly complex. Inequality and empowerment issues cannot be adequately addressed where only half of the population is positively and actively engaged.

The challenge of enhancing the status of women, to true equality needs greater engagement with and by men. We should not think of this challenge as “women’s issues”; changing the status of women should be an issue for the human race – women and men – to address.

source ‘The Conversation’ by Dr. Jean Murray

Asia Pacific Regional Conference

The registration is available now in this website.

http://2012ap.bpw-taiwan.org.tw/en/

Early bird Registration will be until 31 July, 2012.

The earth is in emerging crisis, both economically and ecologically. How do we women, as a half of world population face it?

Women understand better the hardship out of natural disaster and economical recession. Women deserve more encouragement and support for the innovation and contribution to the green economy in the 21 century.

The 2012 BPW Asia-Pacific Regional Conference will be held on Dec. 1-3 in Taipei, Taiwan.It will provide the best forum for the best topic: Empowered Women Leading Business and the Green Economy. Join us with prestigious world experts and leaders in the most forward-looking and valuable platform. May women be empowered to contribute in facing global challenges.

President of BPW-Taiwan 2010-2012
Former Vice President of Taiwan 2000-2008

Dear BPW Sisters :

As the Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator I am delighted to invite you and your guests to the Asia Pacific Regional Conference to held at the magnificent Grand Hotel, Taipei from 1-3 December 2012

The title of the conference is Empowered Women Leading Business and the Green Economy.

The Conference aims to respond to the ongoing challenges experienced by women. We will be welcoming a broad and varied group of presenters from around the world.

The Conference Organising Committee is working to produce a program that will broaden understanding, encourage debate and stimulate action on the social, economic, political and environmental issues and concerns that confront women in this region. It will also include panels on our policy based initiatives; Equal Pay Day, Women Entrepreneurs & Trade and the Women’’ Empowerment Principles.

We promise you a wonderful experience of learning and sharing with your BPW sisters near and far

We look forward to welcoming you to Taiwan

Warmest Regards

Susan Jones
BPW International
Asia Pacific Coordinator 2011-2014

Congratulations to Stephanie Guella on winning the scholarship to attend the Young BPW International Congress! Special THANK YOU to the EPW-NYS and Young EPW-NYS for sponsoring a young member to attend the Young BPW International Congress in Sorrento!

EPW New York State

Young EPW-NYS Scholarship Winner

Stephanie Guella is an attorney admitted to the Bar in New York and Massachusetts.  She currently practices real estate litigation in downtown Brooklyn, focusing mostly on landlord/tenant disputes.  She graduated from Brandeis University in 2007, with her Bachelors degree and then made the big move to New York City to study at Brooklyn Law School, from where she graduated in 2010, with her Juris Doctor.  She quickly fell in love with the values of EPW – New York City once learning about the organization.  She believes it is important to be an active member within any organization she is part of which is why she took the initiative to chair the advocacy/legislative initiative committee at the local level. Stephanie looks forward to connecting with members of all levels at the Young BPW International Congress and learn more about the organization. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys salsa…

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Mentor or be mentored by BPW International Mentoring Task Force

Have you read our recent post: Launch of the Young BPW Zambia Mentorship Programme or “Walk the Talk” by BPW Buenos Aires? To follow-up, Young BPW Intnernational would like to introduce you to the BPW International Mentoring Task Force:

Mentoring benefits everyone and more importantly, mentoring helps both the mentee and the mentor. Marianne Plattner, Chair of the BPW International Mentoring Task Force and Task Force members are working very hard to gather the information about different mentoring programs and activities about mentoring in the different regions. Please share with Young BPW International and BPW International Mentoring Task Force your mentoring experience, programs and activities in your Region.

Contact mentoring@bpw-international.org to learn more and take a look at the BPW Europe Mentoring Program to see if your BPW club can launch a mentoring program!

WYA Cultural Opportunities

The World Youth Alliance invites artists to participate in 2 upcoming international cultural programs.

(1.) This November (Friday, November 9th- Sunday, November 11th), WYA will present an International Arts Forum in Manhattan that will gather arts scholars, artists of various disciplines, arts critics, and arts supporters for dialogue on the role of arts in society. The forum will include lectures by public intellectuals focusing on specific aspects of architecture, contemporary art, poetry, and music. Participants will have the opportunity to attend these lectures, participate in small group discussions with speakers and forum attendees, and present their own original work. If you are an artist interested to attend and/or present your work, click here to complete an application. Application deadline: Monday, September 17th, 2012.

(2.) WYA’s 2nd Annual Manhattan International Film Festival, February 22nd-24th, 2013. The World Youth Alliance is currently inviting young film directors (under age 30) to submit short films that present authentic accounts of the human experience. Click here for more information, or here to complete an application. Deadline: December 3rd, 2012.

Please forward this announcement to any contacts with an interest in the arts. Particularly consider circulating this to schools, administrators, or professors who may know students interested to participate.