Dame Maizie Barker-Welch

MaizieWho is Dame Maizie Barker-Welch?

Former politician and teacher, Maizie Barker Welch is Barbados' latest dame. She was named Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire as part of the New Year's honours list for this year.

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Margarita Molina Merlos: Woman of the Week (108)

Who is Margarita Molina Merlos?

I have 49 years old, single with a son of 25 who is studying chemical engineering and a 21 year old daughter who is studying psychology.

Working with my mother who has a popular restaurant where internationally recognized since childhood with my brothers and dad support my mother never imagined or at least I would enjoy an international reputation for representing a great pride as is a woman of struggle and tenacity that is dedicated to rescuing a kitchen that was missing (Puebla kitchen eighteenth century).

Vocational Training Diploma in Social Worker Thanatology Accompaniment Tenatológico, Logotherapy, Palliative Care, and several courses in Suicide, Area Vice Mystical Religious and Spiritual vocal Scientific Area 2009 - 2012 of the Mexican Association of Thanatology AC within which rests on the organization of international congresses and contact International class speakers, participate in the Ecumenical Group of Mexico.

 I do my volunteer work in the General Hospital where Dr. Ruben Leñero thanatological give support and assistance to patients with chronic, degenerative disease, and terminally Terminals and Family accompaniment, performed a program called Godfather which is to get someone to support crutches, wheelchairs, dialysis bags and other resources for my patients who are economically disadvantaged.

In the work I do go with many women who have suffered significant losses which lose the meaning of life and abandon, hence my taking them to work to rebuild LIFE live fully despite all they have lost, they discover the true LIFE become empowered and able to transcend his duels and every obstacle that they thought they had, in the case of mothers with children hospitalized for severe accident which almost lose their lives and are very hurt (in the case of burn patients) are empowered mother so she can give her child inner strength to succeed.

The same goes for wives, daughters, sisters, are they who form the largest family support, even when hospitalized and near death, even in this last phase are able to reassure his family.

So my job is to sustain GREAT WARRIOR empowering them to continue to transcend life or death in spite of all obstacles, achieving many perks for their achievements but above all who live PLENITID his life and place in the activities performed or change the way you see everyday problems, taking useful tools to overcome the crisis known vital being beautiful, smart, and they can do whatever they intend with the help of a Higher Power that accompanies and they are not alone and that ensures your peace, security, love, peace and comfort.



Adeyoyin Adedoyin Erinle

AdeyoyinWho is Adeyoyin Adedoyin Erinle?

Adeyoyin Adedoyin Erinle is from a very humble, highly disciplined but loving background. Having been born into the family of a Baptist Pastor, she had opportunity of formal, spiritual and cultural education which to God’s glory gives her a balanced upbringing.

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Dragica Lukin

Who is Dragica Lukin?

Dragica Lukin, superb pastry chef, owner of the renowned pastry Villa Sosi Umag, Croatia, and considered by many the best Croatian pastry chef is member of BPW Pula, Croatia. For decades Dragica produces gourmet delights with original ideas and recipes for desserts, and confirmed by the numerous prizes for her efforts and work.

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Androulla Vassiliou

Who is Androulla Vassiliou?

BPW Europe most particularly congratulatesMrs Androulla Vassiliou for her nomination as European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

Mrs Androulla Vassiliou has been nominated for the second time by the government of the Republic of Cyprus to participate in the European Commission
—she was first nominated Commissioner for health in February 2008.

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Paola Lizzette Acosta Campos: Woman of the Week (105)

Who is Paola Lizzette Acosta Campos ?

Lawyer Paola Lizzette Acosta Campos is member of BPW Mexico, Latín America.

Paola was born on January 25, 1980 in Mexico, City Federal District. She has a degree in law from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. She has served as Secretary of Collegiate Court in the Justice power of the Federation. She has a diploma in environmental law and natural resources by the autonomous technological Institute of Mexico. She has participated in various environmental legal conferences, and international meetings of environmental law in the city of Mexico, Salta, Argentina and in Asunción, Paraguay.

Currently, it has joined the cause of small and medium Mexican producers, distributing natural and artisanal products in certain regions of our rich country, in various exhibitions, flea markets and bazaars ecological, since it considers that the advantages of the consumption of these products, whose production does not require any industrial process, free from preservatives and chemicals, they are an optimal way of sustainable utilization of resources.

At the last exhibition International Trade Center in México City, in December 2012, she worked with BPW International President Freda Miriklis.

Beatriz Zanella Fett

foto Beatriz Fett

Who is Beatriz Zanella Fett ?

Founder of BPW- CARMO DO PARANAIBA club Brazil, in 2001.

She also was president of BPW-BRAZIL in the triennium 2005-2008, and now is Chair of the Standing Committee of Agriculture for 2008-2011. Beatriz has always been committed with gender and has worked for women’s rights on all levels.

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Awahou Codjo Alabi

Who is Awahou Codjo Alabi ?

Hailing from a rural environment Awahou Codjo Alabi, BPW Cotonou, is a graduate of National University of BENIN (UNB) and the International Communication Center and holds a Masters degree in English. She also holds a Higher Degree of Bilingual Secretary (DESS). She served at various times at American Cultural Center and ODIFIC, the largest commercial supermarket Super V Amelco of Cotonou.

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Rosmarie L. Michel, Woman of the Week (29)

Who is Rosmarie Michel ?

Women’s Finance Award 2009 Goes to Zurich Entrepreneur

International President 1983 -1985

At the 4th Women's Finance Day on November 11th, 2009, the Institute of Financial Services Zug IFZ of the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Dept. of Economics, awarded Rosmarie L. Michel, entrepreneur, Zurich, the Women’s Finance Award 2009.

The annual award is given to a woman who has shown extraordinary responsibility in the financial sector. This year, it was a lifetime award, bestowed on Rosmarie Michel für her longterm commitment in the area of microfinance.

The recipient of the award is allowed to name a companion winner, a woman who is also active in the financial sector. Rosmarie Michel named Mary Ellen Iskendrian, President, Women’s World Banking, New York.

Out of BPW History Book:

Rosmarie Michel of Switzerland was elected the thirteenth President of the International Federation at the Sixteenth International Congress (1983) in Washington, D.C. She was the second International President from Switzerland. Elisabeth Feller was president from 1959 to 1962.

Rosmarie Michel waited forty years to gain the right to vote. Switzerland was the last independent Western democracy to grant women the right to vote in national elections and to run for national office. When the historic referendum took place on February 7, 1971, the men of Switzerland voted by a two to one margin to accord women the right to vote. Rosmarie Michel was President of BPW Switzerland at the time. After years of working toward this objective, the decision was a major milestone for members of the BPW Switzerland and all Swiss women. When American women gained the right to vote in 1920, Carrie Chapman Catt, President of the National American Women Suffrage Association, stated that "women were no longer petitioners or wards of the nation, but free and equal citizens." Now the same could be said about Swiss women.

In addition to achieving the right to vote, Swiss women also became eligible to run for Parliament for the first time. Twelve women were elected as Members of Parliament on October 31, 1971, three of whom were members of the Swiss Federation. Rosmarie Michel proclaimed, "The die is cast! The results of the elections encourage Swiss women in their efforts to achieve equality of status; it fills our hearts with pleasure, gives us confidence not to relax in our endeavors. The election of those twelve women is a gratifying event - but just a beginning (Widening Horizons, 1972,41:2 p.2)."

Rosmarie Michel's career in business combined with living in a country with four official languages prepared her for the challenges she would face as leader of the International Federation. A BPW member since 1964, she had years of experience at the local, national, and international level in the organization.

As a result of a Constitutional amendment in 1983, the International President's term had been reduced from three to two years. Rosmarie Michel was the first president to be affected by this change and began setting goals immediately upon taking office. Her expertise in clearly outlining both short-term and long-term objectives and expectations in collaboration with her officers and committee chairpersons resulted in many accomplishments during the 1983-1985 term.


  • 1977 - 1983 1st. Vice-President BPW INTERNATIONAL
  • 1983 – 1985 President BPW INTERNATIONAL
  • 1985 – 1989 Past President and member of the Executive


  • 1980 organizer of the golden jubilee Montreux


Tiwalade Fapohunda Woman of the Week (28)

Who is Princess Tiwalade Fapohunda ?

Member of BPW Abuja, Nigeria
Member of the BPW International Standing Committee Public Relation, Responsible for the BPW Africa

Won gallantly the Contest CANDIDATE FOR TREASURER!! Congratulations!


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MSC      -    International Relations – UNN (Nsukka)
B.ED     -     Adult Education/Communication and Language
                   Arts – University of Ibadan
IDEPA   -     International Diploma in Educational Planning & Administration –
                   University of Education, New Delhi, India.

Translating the vision and mission of organizations into reality, versatile writer, publicist, networker, motivator, a specialist in international and media relations, educationist, university lecturer, protocol expert and resource person.

2006 – Date           Head, Information, Public Relations and SERVICOM of FCT Agency for Mass Education, Asokoro, Abuja.
1984 – 2006           Head of Language Department that comprises English, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, French, Arabic and Literature in English in Ibadan, Lagos and Abuja Secondary Schools, Part Time Lecturer, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).


Vice-Chairman, Sam Ekpelle Lecture committee, 2008
Head of Public Relations, Immediate Past Treasurer of Business and Professional Women (BPW), International, Abuja Club, Immediate Past Assistant Church Secretary, First Baptist Church, Garki, Abuja.
Sunday School teacher and House Fellowship Leader of First Baptist Church, Garki, Life and Executive Member, Bible Society of Nigeria.

1998   -        Distinguished Service Award of Women’s Missionary Union –
                   (WMU) FBC Garki, Abuja
1995  -        Handmaids International Nursery/Primary School, Abuja, Certificate
                   of Merit
2008  -        Letter of Commendation from FCt Agency for Mass Education.
2008-           Letter of Commendation from National Commission For Mass  
                    Literacy, Adult and Non Formal Education
          NIPR Certificates



Written and delivered over 20 professional articles, served as resource person in over 20 seminars, workshops and conferences in various parts of Nigeria as well as India,and South Korea.


  • NIPR – Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR)
  • Nigerian National Council for Adult Education (NNCAE)
  • Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT)
  • English Language Teachers’ Association of Nigeria (ELTAN)
  • Business and Professional Women International (BPW)
  • Life and Executive Member of Bible Society of Nigeria
  • Special Marshal Corp of Federal Road Safety.


Travel extensively within Nigeria and also been to Republic of Benin, Egypt, Great Britain, Switzerland, Israel, Sweden, Denmark, India, Mexico, Dubai and South Korea, on studies, socio-religious and vacation.

I am running for Treasurer because this is a defining moment in our history and there is much work to be done to provide the high standards of service that members deserve.


  • Achieve financial security through added sponsorships for various events.
  • Improve the efficiency and effectiveness of financial operations.
  • Enhance the accuracy and transparency of financial planning
  • Mobilizing resources and fund raising
  • Invite notable individuals to events
  • Ensure every member is carried along in decision making
  • Explore the option of inviting groups and individuals to set up stalls during major events to generate more revenue
  • Expanding our membership with quality members
  • And above all, by empowering all members and believing in ourselves that each one of us has the power to make a difference when we unite around these common purposes and act on the responsibilities that we have to each other and to the NIPR, then we can launch a new era of opportunity and prosperity for NIPR with solid growth and financial visibility and sustainability.

I would be honoured to serve NIPR Abuja Capital Chapter “in humility and with sincerity”.