Woman of the Week (07)

BA. LLB (Qld). Hon LLD (Macquarie). Hon DLitt (Charles Sturt).
Hon DUniv (Griffith). Hon DU (QUT). Hon LLD (Qld)

“Quentin Bryce was born in Brisbane in 1942 and spent her early years in Ilfracombe, a small town in Central Western Queensland. In 1965, she graduated with the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from The University of Queensland and, in the same year, was admitted to the Queensland Bar. She has since enjoyed a rich and distinguished career as an academic, lawyer, community and human rights advocate, senior public officer, university college principal, and vice-regal representative in Queensland, and now Australia.

Ms Bryce’s former roles – some, among firsts for women in this country – include:

  • Lecturer and Tutor in Law, The University of Queensland, 1968-1983
  • Convenor, National Women’s Advisory Council, 1982-1984
  • Inaugural Director, Queensland Women’s Information Service, Office of the Status of Women, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, 1984-1987
  • Director, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Queensland, 1987-1988
  • Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, 1988-1993
  • Founding Chair and CEO, National Childcare Accreditation Council, 1993-1996
  • Principal and CEO, The Women's College, University of Sydney, 1997-2003
  • Governor of Queensland, 2003-2008

As a mother and grandmother, Quentin is a role model and mentor to women at every stage of their lives. She values and encourages women’s capacity to form strong and enduring bonds of friendship, intellectual and emotional enrichment, and mutual support in their roles within the family, workplace and community.

On 5 September 2008 Quentin Bryce was sworn in as Australia’s twenty-fifth Governor-General. As the first woman to take up the office, she remains a pioneer in contemporary Australian society, and yet one who brings more than forty years of experience in reform, community building and leadership to the role.   Quentin Bryce and her husband, Michael, were married in 1964. They have two daughters and three sons, and six grandchildren.”   (Extract taken from www.gg.gov.au.)



Adenike Adeyanju-Osadolor

Who is Adenike Adeyanju-Osadolor?

Adenike Adeyanju-Osadolor is an experienced and versatile woman. She had her university education at the University of Ife, Ile- Ife, Nigeria where she came tops in her class of 1975. She went on to pursue her post graduate degree in the same university.

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Woman of the Week (06)

  Dr. Rola Dashti

Dr. Rola Dashti, (BPW Kuwait Member) winner of King Hussein Humanitarian award for year 2009, listed among the world’s 100 most powerful Arabs in 2007 & 2008, the Chairperson of Kuwait Economic Society, and the promoter of BPW Kuwait was one of the women candidates contesting the elections.

In the countdown to the parliamentary elections on Saturday 16 May in Kuwait, there was giddying activity in election Campaigns of all candidates.  

Dr. Rola Dashti, winner of King Hussein Humanitarian award for year 2009, listed among the world’s 100 most powerful Arabs in 2007 & 2008, the Chairperson of Kuwait Economic Society, and the promoter of BPW Kuwait was one of the women candidates contesting the elections.  The First Vice President, Ms Maali Alasousi was closely working in election campaign for Dr. Dashti. 

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Woman of the Week (05)

Rasmata Kabre

8 March 2009:

President of BPW Ougadougou (Burkina Faso), Rasmata Kabre, honoured by the Minister of Women Affairs
The minister of women affairs of Burkina Faso honoured the President of BPW Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Rasmata Kabre, for her contribution to the women of Burkina Faso.

BPW Ougadougou supports women who suffer of “Fistules“, a complication due to the circumcision in their childhood. The Club supports women to leave their isolation and live an independent life in society. BPW Ouagadougou works together with UNFPA, an agency of the UN.

Rasmata Kabre dedicates the medal to BPW International and Antoinette Rüegg who initiated the Club in Burkina Faso. The medal is also dedicated to the Club BPW Rapperswil (Switzerland) and BPW Adelaide (Australia) who’s members support and visit BPW Ouagadougou regularly.

Members of these Clubs will attend the next BPW Conference in Ouagadougou 27 – 30 September 2009. All BPW members are invited to attend the conference. More information kabrer@hotmail.com

 Antoinette Rüegg, Past President BPW International

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Pauline L. Gapper : Woman of the Week (79)

Who is Pauline Gapper ?

Life Member, BPW New Zealand (NZ).

Pauline’s passion for BPW started in the 1950’s (over 50 years ago) and now aged 89 and battling cancer, she continues to support her BPW Club, work for the women in her community and take line dancing classes.

Pauline’s greatest passion within BPW has been Nepal.  It all started in 1988 when on a tramping trip to Nepal.  Pauline contacted the BPW Central Club in Kathmandu and met with their committee.  Once back in New Zealand, she shared information on Club activities and the work Nepal members were doing to help women, particularly the disadvantaged.

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Woman of the Week (04)

Minister Helvi Sipilä 1915 – 2009

Honorary Member of BPW Finland, Woman of the Year 1965

“I started out as a female lawyer, but soon turned into a promoter of women's rights. This was primarily due to my practical experience of the weaker position of women in society rather than any sentimental conviction.”

When she was chosen as the first female assistant secretary-general of the United Nations, Helvi Sipilä had a long background as a lawyer and organisational leader. At the UN her areas of responsibility were women's issues, social development and crime prevention.

When she announced the opening of her law firm on the front page of a daily newspaper in November 1943, she became the second woman in Finnish history to begin practising as a lawyer. Her additional voluntary work in the field of national and international co-operation led to ever more demanding duties, and in 1972 she was offered the position of an assistant secretary-general of the United Nations. Sipilä was the first woman to hold this important post, and she did so for almost ten years.

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Antoinette Rüegg

Recipient of the Lena Madesin Phillips Award 2008-2011

This the highest award given by BPW International to recognize a BPW member who makes a significant contribution to the development of BPW at the international level and or  improves  the status of women with the leadership and dedication inspired by Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips, the founder of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International).

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Woman of the Week (03)

Cécile Mayor, Club BPW Basel, Switzerland


The BPW Mentoring Programme - Viewpoint of a Mentee

As a thirty-something woman, already well past my University days, but still without a good idea
about  what to do in my professional life, I had felt for a while that I needed to obtain a more strategic
approach concerning my professional development. However, I was at a loss how to do that.

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Women of the Week (02)

3 BPW International Executive Secretaries

2002 – 2005 : Ann Todd-Lambie, BPW New Zealand (on the picture in the center)

2005 – 2008 : Freda Miriklis BPW Australia (on the picture on the right side)

2008 – 2011 : Jean Murray BPW Australia (on the picture on the left side)


BPW New Zealand awarded Anne Todd-Lambie Life Membership today at their National Conference. Anne has contributed to BPW in New Zealand for several decades at local, regional and national levels, represented BPW New Zealand at many International Congresses and has served BPW International in a number of capacities, including Executive Secretary and now Chair of the Constitutional Advisory Committee. It is fitting that BPW New Zealand has recognised her in this way.



Salima Raisuddin Ahmed, Woman of the Week (76)

Gertrude Mongella Award Winner : Dr. Salima Raisuddin Ahmed

At the BPW International Congress in Helsinki, in June 2011, Dr. Salima Ahmed received
the Gertrude Mongella Award from Liz Benham, President BPW International 2008-2011.

The Gertrude Mongella Award was established by BPW International in recognition of the work done by Gertrude Mongella, Secretary-General for the IV World Conference on Women held in Beijing, China in 1995. The award is presented every three years to an Individual or Group of Individuals chosen by an international jury, in recognition of outstanding work done on an ongoing basis to improve the status of grassroots women.

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