BPW International (the International Federation of Business and Professional Women) has had an agreed international position on Equal Pay for Work of Equal Value since 1936 and updated and amended the policy position at the 2011 Congress. BPW International launched its Equal Pay Day (EPD) campaign at the 53rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 53) in New York, March 2009. After this, the campaign spread to many countries all over the world.
The International Federation of Business and Professional Women – BPW International- is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that has had Consultative Status with the United Nations through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1947. At present there are a total of twenty-one members serving as representatives of IFBPW at the United Nations and its subsidiary organs, specialized agencies and related organizations.
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 market place. 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.
The 7 Principles are:
1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality.
2. Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and nondiscrimination.
3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men worker
4. Promote education, training and professional development for women.
5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women.
6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy.
7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.
The International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International) are well represented at the second annual Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum (WVEF) being held this week in Mexico. The delegation is headed by International President Freda Miriklis and includes members of BPW Mexico.
The Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum is part of the International Trade Centre’s Global Platform for Action for Sourcing from Women Vendors and BPW International are partners through the Memorandum of Understanding signed at their 2011 International Congress in Helsinki, Finland.