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Who is Renata Blodow ?
First BPW Europe Coordinator - 1982-1984.
In September 1990, through the hard work of women, the European Women’s Lobby was founded in Brussels. BPW is a member of the European Women’s Lobby and Renata Blodow was the first delegate of the European Federations of BPW to the EWL
Member of BPW Munich since 1965
President of the BPW Club Munich - 1979-1983 & 1985-1987!
When I joined BPW forty-four years ago, I did so in order to enjoy the contact and exchange of ideas with women whose situation was similar to mine. BPW gave me much more than this!
In the course of these many years I have met numerous women from different countries, European and non-European, and friendships have evolved that still last.
Confronted with various tasks and elected into different positions, I discovered that I was (and still am) able to do so much more than I thought.
It was particularly my work in the European Level that taught me to deal with all kinds of people, to organize, to speak in public, to try to exert influence, to act almost as a diplomat, to understand political and legal structures.
The fact, that BPW members come from different countries, have different cultural and religious backgrounds, represent all generations and work on different levels in a multitude of professions and occupations, widened my horizon and understanding of human society. Most impression of all was the realization that despite all diversity, there is a common basis and there are common values that unite women and that create bonds of sisterhood between us all over the world.
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Who is Paola Girardi?
Member of Club Vicenza, BPW Italy
Paola Girardi, BPW Italy vince un premio - Agosto 2009
MODA. Al Congresso mondiale della sartoria
Girardi sulle stelle grazie a...Galileo
Vince un premio
L’Asia sarà anche diventata la più grande produttrice di abiti del mondo, ma la fantasia, l’invettiva, l’estro e le idee rimangono nel vecchio Continente, in particolare in Italia, dove si continuano a proporre collezioni che ci vengono invidiate da tutti.
E a riprova di questo c’è da dire che al congresso mondiale dell’Accademia dei Sartori, che si è tenuto a Salisburgo, un importante riconoscimento l’ha conquistato la vicentina Paola Girardi, con atelier sotto i portici di corso Fogazzaro, che si è aggiudicata il premio per la sartorialità e la ricerca, mentre quello legato alla creatività è andato a Taiwan con l’interpretazione, molto accessoriata, di un abito da sera.
Dodici i Paesi (fra i quali Austria, Germania, Svizzera, Olanda , Giappone, Corea) che si contendevano un riconoscimento e che dovevano lavorare, almeno per quanto riguarda la parte femminile, su un medesimo tessuto color rosa con il quale si potevano sbizzarrire. Anche se alla fine a contare erano le rifiniture, i punti e tutti quei particolari che un abito sartoriale sa celare, facendolo diventare un pezzo unico per chi lo indossa.
Paola Girardi si è presentata con un completo gonna a tulipano, camicetta e cappottino ispirato al film “Colazione da Tiffany” con Audrey Hepburn e, soprattutto, pensando all’anniversario di Galileo Galilei. «Il cappottino è stato rifinito con sedici metri di impunture di seta, naturalmente eseguite a mano e con bottoni d’oro bianchi offerti dall’oreficeria Biffi - spiega Girardi - l’interno era foderato sempre con seta, il medesimo tessuto con il quale è stata pensata la camicetta, ricamata con Swarovski blu, argento e bianchi». I ricami facevano riferimento al mondo di Galileo perché formavano una sorta di terreno lunare con pianeti e la stella polare.
Ma Paola Girardi non è stata la sola veneta ad essere premiata: sugli allori anche un veronese, Egidio Marchioro, per la moda maschile. A lui il compito di confezionare un abito con giacca ad un petto e due bottoni, con spacchi, color grigio medio con una sottilissima riga rosa.
Una lezione tutta veneta quella impartita dai sarti a Salisburgo, applauditissimi non solo per i premi ricevuti, ma per la creatività e versatilità che hanno saputo portare in passerella.C.R.
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Articolo apparso ne "Il Giornale di Vicenza" del 28 agosto 2009 - pag. 13
Maria Elvira Salles Ferreira : Women of the Week (98)
Who is Maria Elvira Salles Ferreira ?
Maria Elvira was born in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. She graduated in Education (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais – UFMG) and in Letters and Communication (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais – PUC/MG).
She founded (in 1995) and became the International President of both Forum de Mulheres do Mercosul and of the Brazilian Chapter of which she is presently International Relations representative. She is advisor for BPW-Rio (Business and Professional Women’s Association), international representative of BPW/Brasil.
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> > >Candide BAMEZON-LEGUEDE>
> > >Elected President of the ECOWAS Federation of Women in Business and Women Entrepreneurs (ECOWAS/FBWE)
On July 25, 2009, Women from the ECOWAS Countries met in a General Assembly to constitute the first Federation of Women in Business and Women Entrepreneurs (ECOWAS/FBWE). ECOWAS is the Economic Community of West African States. It is composed of fifteen countries.
After three days of meeting, the participants closed the session by adopting the Constitution of the Federation and with the election of the Executive Board members.
A total of 8 members were elected. Mrs Candide BAMEZON-LEGUEDE became President of the first Executive Bureau.
Mrs Candide BAMEZON-LEGUEDE a very dynamic and well renowned citizen of Togo is already the President of the Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Togo and President of BPW Lomé. She is also an elected member of the Board of Directors of the TOGO Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where she serves as the President of the Commission in charge of Negotiations. Member of the National Council of TOGO Employers, Mrs Leguede became in year 2008, President of the Commission in charge of LABOR and Social Affairs of the Employers Council.
She is a member of various other National Councils such as the AGOA Committee and the National Council of LABOR and Social LAWS. She is an activist for women economic empowerment and is fighting for the free movement of people and goods within the ECOWAS community. Since 2006, she is heading the ECOWAS Pilot Unit in charge of the control and follow up of the free movement at the country borders.
She also seats in the BPW International Standing Committee on Business Trade and Technology.
She holds a Bachelor Degree in Arts, a Master degree in BUSINESS LAW. She is a MASTER in Business Management. Since 1999, Mrs LEGUEDE is settled in Business as Director of ARCANDIA, a self owned company since 1999.
Who is Alicia Curtis?
Alicia Curtishas been a member of BPW since 2005. In this time, she has served as State Development Coordinator where she wrote and launched the Keys to Achievement Program (now being implemented in BPW Federations around the world).
Mildred Espinoza: Woman of the Week (89)
Mildred Espinoza, General Manager/Correspondant at South-South News, New-York City
Who is Mildred Espinoza ?
Mildred Espinoza is a two time Emmy-Award Winning Television Executive and the General Manager/Correspondent at South-South News. She is the recipient of a Silver Medal from the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation presented to her by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations Correspondent’s Association Ceremony. This award recognized her coverage on Climate Change – “Sustainable Tourism” in Roatán, Honduras.
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This week, we would like to feature the hard working Korean Intern who has been working in the BPW International President’s Office. Eun-jae Choi is from Seoul, Korea. And below you can read her account of her experience.
I applied through the BPW Korean Federation and luckily I got the opportunity to be an intern in BPW International. I have been interning here 6 weeks.
What I learned through these times most, was the power and value of BPW as an international women’s network. I have met women in all professions working towards common goals of improving women’s rights and their potential. This has given me inspiration to continue the same in my own professional life.
My studies have been at Seoul Womens’s University. I have worked on Environmental, Economic and International aspects, to become a global professional person. I am majoring in “French and Literature” and “Environmental Management and Policy” as a double major. The reason I became interested in the environmental field started from volunteering in Legambia which is a small town in Scafa, Italy. This village was small and the residents cared about improving the town to be eco friendly. I became aware of the importance of the protecting the environment by meeting and working with people who came from different countries.
Recently, after volunteering in many events, I understood the partnership of the government and NGOs. I have also focused on acquiring a cosmopolitan outlook. Due to my father’s work, my family lived in U.S for a year when I was in elementary school. Through this period, I learned English and I increased my perspective.
Therefore, I tried to have many opportunities to work on international levels. I am volunteering in “Friends of Diplomats” and through this, I can learn by meeting the foreign ambassadors. I also worked in translating for Habitat for Humanity. In the past, I interpreted in “The 7th DPI World Assembly in Korea 2007” and “The 17th Seoul International Wheelchair Marathon”. These helped me not just to advance the ability of interpreting but to open my mind understanding people.
In September, I am going to France. I will be there as an exchange student to study applied economy for a year. I hope I can learn and expand my knowledge of the world.
My best regards to all BPW members worldwide.
Mai Dang-Goy : Woman of the Week (88)
Who is Mai Dang-Goy?
Mai is Managing Director at Dussmann Beteiligungs- und Managementgesellschaft mbH. She studied construction engineering at FH Kaiserslautern. At Dussmann she is responsible for the project management. As project manager she leads multi-projects all over Germany. In this position she is also responsible for 1,800 employees.
In 2010 the Deutsche Ingenieurinnen Bund (German organization of female engineers) elected Mai as one of the 25 most influential female engineers in Germany.
From 2008 - 2010 Mai has been President of BPW Germany Club Munich e. V. During her presidency she invented project management trainings and managed project teams across several organizations for the Equal Pay Day. Actual she is member of the German Task Force Life Long Learning with focus on project management.
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Dr Claire Fulcher
This week we honor Dr Claire Fulcher, our permanent rep for BPW International at the United Nations in New York who has worked tirelessly for BPW for almost 30 years .
Claire holds a very special place within BPW International and equally so outside of our organization. One only has to walk along side Claire in the corridors of the UN to know that she is highly respected and fondly admired by just about everybody that passes her by. There can be no better role model for a business and professional woman.
Claire has recently retired to Tucson, Arizona but she has vowed to visit with us at CSW each year.
Dr Claire Fulcher is a counseling psychologist and organizational consultant in private practice since 1973. In her professional experience Claire was the Dean of Women, Associate Dean of Students and Professor of Education at the University of Bridgeport 1954-1973.
Claire’s work with BPW began long before she was appointed as our permanent UN representative in 1982. One of the highest awards in BPW is the Badge of Honor which was presented by our past president Dr Antoinette Ruegg at the Congress in Lucerne, Switzerland in 2005. Additionally she was honored in 2008 for 20 years of work and as the founding member and convener of the NGO Committee of UNIFEM 1988-1994.
She has attended many of the BPW International Congresses and conferences around the world following in the footsteps of her predecessor Esther Hymer. Claire is a great friend to all our past international presidents having served in their presidential terms and to many, many BPW members worldwide. We wish her much happiness in her retirement. You can write to Claire at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sabine Kone Dossongui : Woman of the Week (87)
Who is Sabine Kone Dossongui ?
Sabine Kone Dossongui, the current Vice-President, BPW Abidjan-RCI, Côte d’Ivoire, has been married for over 30 years to a very supportive husband, Bernard Kone Dossongui and despite her busy schedule, has managed to balance her professional, social, as well as family life effectively. She grew up in a modest but large happy family from which she imbibed a rich spiritual quality and a readiness to be of service to others. This latter quality came to the fore when at the International Congress in Helsinki, she donated the proceeds of the sale of the gold wrist-watch she won from the Young BPW raffle draw at the Gala night to the children of Japan.