BPW International

Making a Difference Through Leadership and Action

BPW Empowering Entrepreneurs…
Every day of the week, all over the world, Governments at all levels, and businesses and companies of all sizes buy products and services. They buy products to manufacture new products for sale; they buy products to use in their offices and factories; they buy services to assist them in carrying on with their own businesses. The global economy exists through a complex network of supply chains… each business created to service the need of another business, or to provide products and services direct to consumers. That is fact.

BPW International is working alongside the International Trade Centre to increase the participation of women in these global supply chains.  One of the most immediate and realistic ways that we can do that is to have our members actively involved in and supporting the Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors and its ‘realtime’ counterpart, the Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum (WVEF).

WVEF is a forum where women-owned businesses (WoBs) are provided direct contact with the procuring entities of major corporations (and soon hopefully governments as well!) with the ability to secure real contracts and/or gain further knowledge about the needs of these corporate buyers and how to better do business with them. At the inaugural WVEF, over USD $14Million in contracts were signed.. showing that real business is being done.

The next WVEF is to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, in the latter part of 2012. We are currently calling for all potential participants to complete the 2012 Member’s Survey.. to let the ITC know which industry sectors women own businesses. Once they know which sectors to focus on, ITC can work to bring relevant buyers and sellers together, to do business in the here and now!

We encourage all our members (particularly women entrepreneurs) to complete this survey to let ITC know which industry sectors to focus on at the next WVEF.

We then encourage you to register so that you too can attend the next WVEF in Jakarta in 2012 – I look forward to seeing you there!

Freda Miriklis
BPW International President

Leading Empowerment

The Women's Empowerment Principles are a set of Principles for business offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community. They are the result of a collaboration between the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact.

Leading Equality

Empowering women in the workplace includes ensuring that there is equal pay for work of equal value.  Women - regardless of which country they are living in - don´t get the same wages as men. Equal Pay Day marks the period of extra days in the current year that women need to work in order to achieve the same wages that their male counterparts earned during the previous financial year. More...

Leading Entrepreneurship

BPW International supports the Global Platform for Action on Sourcing from Women Vendors as a means to empowering women in business, particularly in the marketplace.  As an inaugural member of the Steering Committee for the Women Vendor Exhibition & Forum, BPW International works with the International Trade Centre to match vendors with buyers.