President's Travel

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PRESIDENT’S TRAVEL 2017-2020 Triennium

 [ 2020 : October-December
 [ 2018 : Oct-Dec | July-Sept | April-June | Jan-March ] [ 2017 : Nov-Dec ]
October - December 2020
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20 December 2020
Online Visit: BPW Taiwan Candle Lighting Ceremony in a Hybrid Forum
Taiwan 

President Dr. Amany Asfour attended the BPW Taiwan Candle Lighting Ceremony in a hybrid Forum. She was online while members of BPW Taiwan had their great Candle Lighting Ceremony physically.

President Amany congratulated the election of the new President of BPW Taiwan Hi Shu-Tzu and wishing her a great success in her term. And all the thanks to the past president Adriana Chen for her efforts in her term. President Amany also thank you the founding president of BPW Taiwan Annette Lu.

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10 December 2020
Visited H.E. Former President of Malawi
Malawi

BPW International President visited H.E Former President of Malawi Dr. Joyce Banda in Malawi. She is great Icon for Women Leadership in Africa and the World and she has graciously accepted to champion the establishment of BPW in Malawi.

H.E is sending greetings to all our BPW sisters in the World in occasion of Bejing Conference for Women+25

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1 December 2020
International Day of People with Disabilities
Cairo, Egypt

On occasion of the International Day of People with disabilities on December 3rd, 2020 BPW International Dr. Amany Asfour attended the celebration done by the Society of Voice of children with intellectual disabilities that is supported by BPW Egypt.

President Amany spend the day with the children. A great advocacy pillar of BPW International of leaving no women or girl behind and empowering our girls and boys with different abilities.

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30 November 2020
Online Activities: National Convention of BPW Nigeria
Nigeria

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour attended the National Convention of BPW Nigeria under the leadership of President Yinka Ajibola. The theme of the Convention is COVID 19: New Strategies and New Opportunities.

President Amany spoke about the great projects and activities of BPW Affiliates across the world in response to COVID-19. She also congratulations BPW Nigeria members for a great convention.

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21 November 2020
The National launched Event of the COMESA Platform in Egypt “50 Million African Women Speak”
Cairo, Egypt

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour had the great pleasure to be a speaker at the inauguration of the Digital Platform for 50 Million African Women Speak for Empowering Women in Trade and access to Market in presence of Dr. Maya Morsy the President of the National Council of Women, The National Gender Machinery of Egypt.

Digital Economy and empowering of women in Trade and access to Market are great advocacy pillars of BPW International. President Amany spoke about the role of BPW International in advocacy for public procurement and financial inclusion.

The 50 Million African Women speak is an initiative for Women in Business in the COMESA Region (Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa) with the East Africa Community and West Africa which supported by the African Development Bank.

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16 November 2020
Online Activities: WEPs Meeting with BPW European Presidents with UN Women

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour participated in the WEPs Meeting with BPW European Presidents with Ms. Miral from UN Women. Ms. Miral’s responsible about WEPs organized by Regional Coordinator Pinella Bombaci.

Women Empowerment Principles is a great advocacy pillar of BPW International.

President Amany enjoy attended the online event and discussed how our BPW Affiliates could be Signatories for WEPs but also have our members sign by their own companies to be WEPs signatories.

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13 November 2020
Online Activities: Celebrating 25th Anniversary of World Women’s Conference with Online event on “Beijing +25 – Looking back, Looking Forward”
United Kingdom

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour participated on an Online event on "Beijing plus 25 - Looking back, Looking Forward" to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the World Women's Conference in Beijing 1995, a milestone in the recognition of women's rights.

The event was organized by Sylvia Perry and Janice Bancroft with BPW UK.

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9 November 2020
Online Activities: High Level Panel of African Women Political Leadership Women’s Power and Good Governance in the Era of COVID-19

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour moderated the “High Level Panel of African Women Political Leadership Women’s Power and Good Governance in the Era of COVID-19” with Former Women Presidents, Women Leaders and Candidates for Presidential Elections.

For viewing the Webinar follow the link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgNh0ZbVu5M

A joint effort of The Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development, The International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International) and The Women for Africa Foundation

To support African women candidates’ political campaigns. Some of the pioneer women who reached top political post in their countries shared their experiences as governing leaders, side-by-side some African women leaders that are currently undergoing political races in their countries.

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1 November 2020
Young BPW Egypt Seminar
Cairo, Egypt

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour attended the Young BPW Egypt Seminar under the leadership of President of BPW Egypt President Prof Naglaa Lotfy. The Seminar focused on the BPW International Advocacy pillars of Women Empowerment Principles WEPs, Financial Inclusion and Public Procurement.

The Seminar also addressed the Triennium Theme and how Young BPW will raised awareness on the advocacy pillars and the Sustainable Development Goals SGDs.

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18 October 2020
Attended Award Ceremony
Cairo, Egypt

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour met H.E Arancha Gonzalez, The Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain in her official visit to Egypt during the Awards Ceremony at the Spanish Ambassador Residence.

President Amany’s friend, Ms. Nehad Aboulkomsan, the founder of The Egyptian Centre of Women Rights was awarded for her activity in advocacy for women rights in Egypt.

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16 October 2020
Peace in Africa and Silencing the Guns through Economic Empowerment of Women with focus on Public Procurement, Financial Inclusion and Digital Economy.

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour moderated the Economic Empowerment session on the margins of the African Union Summit where all the Presidents and Heads of States and Governments meet. This session is under the umbrella of the GIMAC.

Gender is my Agenda Campaigns which included the women movements of Africa including Business and professional Women in Africa. BPW Egypt is leading the Economic Empowerment Theme of the GIMAC that is mainstreaming Gender at the African Union. President Amany was privileged to have among the speakers H.E. Ambassador Josefa Saku, The Commissioner of Rural Economy and Agriculture at African Union, Stephanie Foster, UN Woman who spoke on WEPs, and Ms. Beatrice, Gender Director of COMESA.

The Closing was done by H.E Madame Binta Diop the Special Envoy of African Union for Women Peace and Security. Achieving peace in Africa through Economic Growth is a great aspiration and Economic Empowerment of Women is a great advocacy pillar of BPW International.

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14 October 2020
International Day of the Girls Child with Young BPW Egypt
Cairo, Egypt

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour celebrated the International Day of the Girls Child with Young BPW Egypt with the girls and children of Society of Voice of Intellectual Disabilities. She inaugurated the new therapeutic sensational room that supports the children and train them for the restoration of their sensational abilities.

A great project that aligns with the great advocacy pillar of BPW International with leaving no woman or girl behind.

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11 October 2020
Online Activities: Celebration of the International Day for the Girl Child
Valleta, Malta

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour participated online on the occasion of the celebration of the International Day for the Girl Child by the high-level meeting on the Charter of Girls Education organized by BPW Valleta, Malta - President Mariella. The Regional Coordinator of BPW Europe Pinella Bombaci also participated in this online event.

The Keynote Speaker was H.E President Emeritus of Malta Prof. Marie Louis Coleiro Preca.

Women and Girls empowerment and education is a great advocacy pillar of BPW International and is aligning with the Triennium Theme of Empowering Women to realize the Sustainable Development Goals of SDG#5 and SDG#4.

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3 October 2020
Hybrid Adrionet Forum
Pula, Croatia

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour participated in the
Hybrid Adrionet Forum which was organized by BPW Pula, Croatia President Alida Perkov in presence of the Special Envoy of the President of Croatia, The Head of Gender Equality of The Parliament, The Vice President of the Isteria Region, Mayor of Pula City, Members of the Parliament and BPW members.

President Amany attended this great forum in the virtual presence of European Regional Coordinator Pinella Bombaci and executive members VP UN Dr. Catherine Bosshart and EFO Giusepina Seidita.

October - December 2019
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23 December 2019
Inaugurated the school of late Dr. Salima Ahmed
65th Anniversary of BPW Pakistan
Pakistan

President Dr. Amany Asfour inaugurated the School of Late Dr. Salima Ahmed, the founder of BPW Pakistan, in the rural areas in Pakistan. This is the great project of BPW Pakistan under the leadership of President Nasreen Mahdi for Celebrating the 65th Anniversary of BPW Pakistan.

President Amany was honoured to put the foundation stone last February 2019 and now the school is built and in function. STEM Education is the theme for the school to promote Taaleem which is Education in Ordu. President Amany asked all the young girls and boys students of this school to repeating after her “Taaleem, Taaleem, Education, Education.”

The school truly transformed the whole village here. This is a great contribution of BPW Pakistan to the UN Sustainable Development Goal number 4 of Quality Education.

Thanks to all the efforts of the members of BPW Pakistan and President Nasreen Mahdi for implementing this project in less than a year.

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22 December 2019
65th Anniversary of BPW Pakistan
Pakistan

President Dr. Amany Asfour visited BPW Pakistan to celebrate the 65th Anniversary of BPW Pakistan. She had the great pleasure to meet BPW Pakistan Members under the Leadership of President Nasreen Mahdi.

The Celebration started at the first day by a great fashion show promoting the young women entrepreneurs fashion designers. Fashion Industry is more than 2 billion USD per year and women designers have to harness their share in the market of Pakistan Fashion Industry. This is a great means of economic empowerment of women which is the main objective of BPW International.

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20 December 2019
Arab China Women Forum
Riyahth, Saudi Arabia

Congratulation to BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour for received outstanding award from the University of Princess Nora in Saudi Arabia at the Arab China Women Forum on 20 December 2019, Riyahth, Saudi Arabia.

At this forum, President Amany spoke in the panel discussion about the "the role of BPW International as a Non-Profit Organization in economic empowerment of Women".

During the Forum a great presentation was done on the statistics for advancement of Women's Role in Saudi Arabia. President Amany met several Professional Women from Saudi Arabia who were interested to start BPW in Saudi Arabia after her presentation.

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10 December 2019
World Association for Solidarity Alliance and Tolerance
Paris, France

President Dr. Amany Asfour was a guest speaker at the World Association for Solidarity Alliance and Tolerance in Paris, France. The forum focused on the Sustainable Development Goals especially SDG4 of Quality Education and SDG5 of Gender Equality.

President Amany also spoke on the role of BPW International in Economic Empowerment of Women and Promotion of STEM Education for Women. The forum was attended by High Caliber Speakers and the Deputy Mayor from Paris organized by WASAT and the women Icon Ms. Saida Agrebi. A great thanks for the organizers for a very impressive forum.

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6 December 2019
Africa Great Lake Regions workshop for women entrepreneurs and Business Women
Nairobi, Kenya

President Dr. Amany Asfour participated in the Africa Great Lake Regions workshop for women entrepreneurs and Business Women organized by the United Nations office of Special Envoy to the Great Lake Regions in Nairobi, Kenya.

President Amany gave keynote presentation on the Economic Empowerment of Women and Entrepreneurship Promotion and the advocacy pillars of BPW International focusing on the Power of Networking and the Importance of Business Women Associations in the lobbying and advocacy for better policies and Training and Capacity building through Business Women Associations. President Amany enjoyed meeting with BPW Presidents and Members from the Great Lake Region from Rwanda, DRC, Tanzania and Kenya.

Truly a great opportunity to meet potential members to start BPW in Burundi and Central Africa Republic!

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30 November – 2 December 2019
BPW International East Asia Sub-Regional Conference
Tokyo, Japan

BPW International President, Executive Boards, BPW Presidents from East Asia Sub Region, BPW members and Young BPW members attended East Asia Sub-Regional Conference and the 2nd Young BPW Symposium in Japan.

President Amany, BPW Japan President Masako Hiramatsu, East Asia Sub-Regional Coordinator Catarina Park, and Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator Dr. Narudee Kiengsiri, gave welcome speech. Followed by country reports from BPW Presidents from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan.

PIP Dr. Chonchanok Viravan spoke on BPW Power to make a difference Awards and encouraging BPW Clubs to submit their projects with deadline on 10 January 2020.

Workshop I was on SDGs Goals and group discussion which moderated by Dr. Young Hai Park with guest speakers Dr. Masako Kamiya and Panel speakers Haniwa Natori from BPW Japan, Sindy Leung from BPW Hong Kong, Dr. Im AeDuck, and Caroline Chou from BPW Taiwan.

Day 2 started with Workshop II on SDGs #4: Current situation in East Asia on “How to over some unconscious biases through education” with breakout sessions. Dr. Yasue Nunoshiba moderated this workshop with great presenters from BPW Hong Kong Lisa Fong, BPW Japan Dr. Nobuko Kurosaki, BPW Korea Dr. Young Whee Lee, and BPW Taiwan Lisa Hsu.

Workshop III - SDGs #17: Partnerships & Future of BPW Asia Pacific was moderated by PIP Dr. Chonchanok Viravan. Panels speakers were Lina Wong from BPW Hong Kong, Jun Sawada from BPW Japan, Louisa Kuo from BPW Taiwan, Chularat Israngkool Na Ayutthaya from BPW Thailand, and Simone Huang from BPW Taiwan.

Twinning Ceremony was coordinated by Catarina Park with a few clubs announced twinning with each other including BPW Bangkok, Thailand twinning with BPW Cairo, Egypt, etc.

The Japan Cultural Experiences was terrific! Members truly enjoyed networking through Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony, Japanese Calligraphy, Japanese Harp Playing (Koto performance), and Origami (Paper folding). Dinner was fun with great Bingo game where everyone actually win a prize! Thank you BPW Japan for this fun event!

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30 November – 2 December 2019
2nd Asia Pacific Young BPW Symposium 2019
Tokyo, Japan

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour and the executive board enjoyed meeting with Young BPW members from Asia Pacific Region that attended the 2nd Asia Pacific Young BPW Symposium 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

Young BPW from Asia Pacific were actively participated in the Symposium. After dinner on Day 2, Young BPW organized Workshop on BPW, UN, and Leaders’ Summit with 2 great speakers, Dr. Catherine Bosshart and Dr. Chonchanok Viravan, moderated by Young BPW Reps Neelima Basnet.

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29 November 2019
BPW International Asia Pacific Presidents’ Meeting
Tokyo, Japan

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour, VP Susan Jones, VP Dr. Catherine Bosshart, EFO Giuseppina Seidita, Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator Dr. Narudee Kiengsiri, Past International President of Dr. Chonchanok Viravan, Young BPW Representative Neelima Basnet, Past Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator Dr. Young Hai Park, East Asia Sub-Regional Coordinator Hyun (Catarina) Park, ASEAN Sub-Regional Coordinator Chularat Israngkool na Ayutthaya, President of BPW Japan Masako Hiramutsu, President of BPW Hong Kong Lisa Fong, President of BPW Korea Professor Lee Young-Whee, President of BPW Taiwan CHEN, Shuang-Hsi, Past President of BPW Taiwan Carol Pan, Young BPW Asia Pacific Vivien Johnson, Young BPW Japan Rep. Otoha Hayashi, Dr. Yasue Nunoshiba, Atchara Visasvora, Vijittra Trakantalerngsak and Communication Admin. Naphaphen (Deon) Vejjajiva attended the Presidents’ Meeting prior to the East Asia Sub Regional Conference.

East Asia Sub-Regional Coordinator Hyun (Catarina) Park presented her region PowerPoint Presentation report from President of BPW Affiliates from Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Mongolia.

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28 November 2019
The African Union
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

President Dr. Amany Asfour and H.E. Ambassador Albert Muchanga, the Commissioner of Trade and Industry, attended the African Union at the Policy Dialogue of Business Associations in implementing the Africa Continental Trade Area in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

President Amany spoke in the panel at the Head Quarter of African Union on the role of International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International) in empowering women in Trade and access to Market.

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26-27 November 2019
Global Gender Summit
Kigali, Rwanda

President Dr. Amany Asfour attended Global Gender Summit, 1st time on the African Soil in Kigali, Rwanda.

The Summit was inaugurated by H.E. President of Rwanda Paul Kagame and President of Ethiopia the only woman Head of State in Africa.

President Amany shared in a panel titled Gender Lens Invetments in Value Chains. She spoke on the role of BPW International on Economic Empowerment of Women through advocacy pillars of Government and Corporate Procurement and Empowering Women in Trade and Access to Markets. She met BPW members from Rwanda and Nigeria.

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25 November 2019
Visited BPW Kigali Rwanda
Kigali, Rwanda 

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour visited BPW Kigali, Rwanda. She met BPW Kigali Rwanda President Therese and members and spoke to them about the BPW International Advocacy Pillars and the Triennium Theme "Empowering Women to realize the Sustaibale Development Goals" to BPW Kigali, Rwanda.

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22 November 2019
13th BPW Danube Net Forum
Munich, Germany

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour, VP Dr. Catherine Bosshart, EFO Dr. Giusepina Seidita and RC Europe Pinella Bombachi attended the 13th BPW Danube Net Forum in Munich, Germany. President Amany and the executives had the great pleasure to meet with BPW Presidents and members from Germany, Romania, Croatia, Hungary, and Austria.

The forum was organized by the Chair of Danube Network Marion Volk and hosted by BPW Munich under the leadership of President Mariane Pontone.

Congratulations to Agnes Puskas for the newly appointed BPW Danube Net Chair 2020-2022. Previous chair was BPW Pula President Alida Perkov. President Amany had the pleasure to meet BPW Germany President Uta Zech and BPW Arad Romania President Dana.

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19 November 2019
SheTrades Global 2019
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

President Amany met H.E. Arancha Gonzalez Executive Director of International Trade Centre and met BPW members from Ethiopia, Uganda, Zambia, Australia, Sudan and from BPW Djibouti and Libya which still under establishment. It was also great to meet potential Candidates to start BPW in Tchad and Central Africa Republic.

President Amany shared in a panel on the Role of BPW International in Empowering Women in Trade to implement the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AcFTA) and the moderator was Ms. Dorothy Tempo, Deputy Executive Director of ITC for Africa. President Amany also shared in the Partners Meeting Workshop of ITC in presence of Ms. Vanesa, Head of Global Value Chains and Inclusive Markets of ITC.

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13-16 November 2019
Medays Forum 2019
Tangier, Morocco

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour, RC Abla Mahdi, and H.E.President Maky Sall, President of Senegal attended the Medays Forum in Tangier, Morocco. The Medays Forum Theme was “The Global Distrust Crisis: Facing Subverion and Uncertainties” and the forum was organized by BPW Morocco President Fatiha Otmane with members of BPW Morocco, BPW Sudan, BPW Cameroun.

President Maky Sall is the Champion of Science and Technology at the African Union and advocated with H.E Women and Girls in STEM Education. A great advocacy pillar of BPW International and SDG number 4 for Quality Education.

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11 November 2019
BPW Egypt “Youth for the Advocacy Training Program”
Cairo, Egypt

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour gave a closing remarks to the Youth for the Advocacy Training Program on Gender Trans-formative Public Financing and Procurement for Women and Youth. The training program was organized by Young BPW Egypt Aya and Reham, under the leadership of BPW Egypt President Professor Naglaa Dabees.

President Amany was truly glad to share with the youth the advocacy pillars of BPW International regarding Government and Corporate Procurement Policies and Financial Inclusion.

The training program was conducted under the greater project of BPW Egypt/EBWA titled Amplifying Africa Women Collective Voice for Transformative, Just, Accountable and Gender Responsive Economic Architecture in partnership with FEMNET, which is done as part of the activities of Hatshepsut Women Business Development Centre and Business Incubator of BPW Egypt/EBWA.

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6-8 November 2019
11th African Union Private Sector Forum
Antananarivo, Madagascar 

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour shared in a panel with H.E. The Minister of Trade and Industry of Madgascar at the 11th African Union Private Sector Forum in Antananarivo, Madagascar.

President Amany spoke on the Economic Empowerment of Women and Role of BPW International in advocating for better laws for Economic Empowerment of Women.

The Theme of the forum was “Transforming African economies through private sector mobilization and capitalization of experiences from other regions of the world”. BPW Antannanarivo Madgascar President Sylvia Pagés and many BPW members were participated in this event.

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29 October 2019
Leaders’ Summit, Africa Regional Conference
Cairo, Egypt

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour participated in the Leaders' Summit during the BPW International Africa Regional Conference in Cairo, Egypt with BPW Africa Affiliates and BPW Affiliates from United Arab Emirates and BPW Madrid, Spain.

Leaders' Summit great speakers were Dr. Antoinette Ruegg, Past BPW International President, Vice President for UN Dr. Catherine Bosshart and EFO Dr. Giusepina Seideta.

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27-29 October 2019
Africa Regional Conference
Cairo, Egypt

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour, VP Catherine Bosshart, EFO Dr. Giusepina Seidita, Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator Dr. Narudee Kiengsiri, PIP Dr. Chonchanok Viravan, PIP Dr. Antoinette Ruegg, BPW Africa members, participated in the Africa Regional Conference in Cairo, Egypt.

The event was hosted by BPW Egypt under the leadership of President Dr. Naglaa Dabees, and was inaugurated by H.E. Dr. Sahar Nasr, the Minister of Investment and International Cooperation of Egypt in presence of African Union and United Nations.

Presidents of BPW Africa came together from all over the continent from Nigeria, Ethiopia, Senegal, Burkina Faso, DRC, Zambia, Madgascar, Cameroun, South Sudan and new potential countries to start BPW in Djibouti and Eswatini.

The Conference theme was relevant to the theme of BPW International Economic Empowerment of Women to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Africa 2063 Development Agenda with the focus on the Africa Continental Free Trade Area that promotes a great advocacy pillar of BPW International of empowering women in Trade and Access to Market.

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18 October 2019
Launch of the great EU Initiative of EU Gender Ambassador
Cairo, Egypt

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour participated in the "Launch of the great EU Initiative of EU Gender Ambassadors" under the theme "Gender Equality is Everyone's Business" with H.E. Ambassador of Sweden in Egypt. At this event, Egyptian Women Ministers, EU Ambassador, UN Agencies, and Civil Society Organizations were working on "Gender Equality", which is also one of the main objectives of BPW International.

H.E. Ambassador of Sweden and EU Ambassador to Egypt are the first EU Gender Ambassadors in Egypt. #EU Gender Champion.

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10 October 2019
Visited BPW Lusaka
Lusaka, Zambia

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour visited the newly established BPW Lusaka in Zambia. President Amany met BPW Lukaka President Rose and BPW Lusaka members to discuss the theme of the BPW International for this triennium and the priority projects for BPW Lusaka, Zambia that can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.  President Rose is also supporting to start a new BPW club in Levingston Zambia.

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7-10 October 2019
European Week of Regions and Cities: Pillars for the EU’s Future
Brussels, Belgium

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour participated at the European Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels under the theme of Regions and Cities: Pillars for the EU's future. She was one of the speakers at the workshop “Pathways to entrepreneurial development in the Mediterranean Region” and spoke on the role of BPW International on promoting entrepreneurship and building the entrepreneurial culture and advocating for policies to empower women entrepreneurs.

A great advocacy pillar of BPW International! President Amany also gave examples of best practices for projects and activities of BPW Affiliates in the Mediterranean Region for Promoting entrepreurship and supporting women entrepreneurs. She had the great pleasure to meet with Young BPW Member Miette Dechelle of BPW Belgium.

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8 October 2019
Speaker at Rotary Conference in Africa
Sharm El Shiekh, Egypt

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour was a speaker at the Rotary Conference for Africa held in Sharm El Shiekh in Egypt. She spoke about the role of BPW International in empowering Women and youth including the areas of cooperation that could be planned between BPW International and Rotary International for empowering women in different fields.

The conference was attended by Rotarians from all over Africa and the World. President Amany enjoyed the Peace parade at the city of Sharm Al Sheikh, the City of Peace.

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7 October 2019
Launch of the great Initiative of E-Trade in Africa
Eswatini

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour had the great honor to meet His Majesty King Mswatini III King of Kingdom of Eswatini and Her Majesty Queen Nomsa at Mandvulo Grand Hall at Lozitha Palace in Eswatini during the Launch of the great Initiative of E-Trade in Africa that will empower women in Trade and access to Market.

A great Advocacy pillar of BPW International. President Amany also met H.E. the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Eswatini and spoke with H.E. to start a BPW Club in Eswatini. (Former name was Kingdom of Swaziland).

July - September 2019
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20 July 2019
United Nations
Nairobi, Kenya

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour, H.E. Huang Xia The Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Great Lakes Region and Ms. Nene Responsible of Gender at the Great Lakes Region were met at the United Nations in Nairobi, Kenya.

They discussed about economic empowerment of women in the Great Lakes Region and empowering Women in Trade and role of BPW International in empowering Women in Trade and operationalization of the continental Free Trade Area.

This is a great advocacy pillar of BPW International (Great Lake Regions include Burundi, Kenya, DRCongo, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda)!

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18 July 2019
The High Level Business Summit
Nairobi, Kenya

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour, Their Excellencies President of Kenya H.E. Ihuru Kenyata, President of Zambia H.E. Edgar Lunga and President of Mauritius attended the High Level Business Summit in Nairobi, Kenya and the launched of the Trade Facilitation Handbook that facilitates Trade and supply information for Private sector including women in Trade and 50 Million Women Speaks for empowering Women in Trade in COMESA.

A great advocacy pillar for BPW International.

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11 July 2019
African Union Summit
Niger

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour participated in the African Union Summit in Niger.

President Amany was with Their Excellencies First Ladies of Africa, Their Excellencies First Lady of Namibia, First Lady of Tchad, H.R.H Queen Nomsa of the Kingdom of Eswatini.

President Amany discussed with the First Ladies about forming BPW in their countries. She also spoke about the role BPW International is playing for Women Empowerment and Gender Equality in the world and across Africa through its affiliates.

She also spoke with First Lady of Burkina Faso about the important role of BPW is doing in Burkina Faso for women's health and awareness about fistula.

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4-8 July 2019
Africa Union Summit 2019
Niamey Niger

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour, Executive Director of ITC (International Trade Centre) Arancha Gonzalez, African Union Social Affairs Commissioner Amira, and Secretary General of COMESA (Common Market of Southern and Eastern Africa) attended the African Union Summit in Niamey Niger on the African Continental Free Trade Area.

The Signing of the Africa Continental Free Trade is a historical agreement with a great impact on empowering women in Trade in the African Continent. This is truly a great advocacy pillar of BPW International.

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4-6 July 2019
Global Summit of Women
Basel, Switzerland

President Dr. Amany Asfour attended Global Summit of Women 2019 with her executive committee VP Susan Jones, VP Catherine Bosshart, Executive Finance Officer Giuseppina Seideita, PIP Dr. Chonchanok Viravan, and ASEAN Sub-Regional Coordinator Chularat Israngkool Na Ayutthaya.

President Amany was very glad to meet BPW delegates from around the world such as from Switzerland, France, Korea, Thailand, Malta, and Grand Cayman. Moreover, one of the speaker was BPW Thailand member Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul. She is the CEO of Toshiba Thailand.

President Amany gave an intervention at the first day of the Global Summit during the CEO Men Forum on how to change the mind set for promoting women on Board and promoting STEM Education. These are the Two main advocacy pillars of BPW International in collaboration with Governments, Private Sector, Civil Society and the Role of BPW International.

Moreover, President Dr. Amany Asfour also participating during Q&A at the "Implementing Gender Diversity in a time of change" session at the 2019 Global Summit of Women in Basel, Switzerland.

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1-2 July 2019
Ministerial Meeting of Ministers of Gender during the African Union Summit
Niamey, Niger

BPW International President Dr.Amany Asfour attended the Ministerial Meeting of Ministers of Gender during the African Union Summit in Niamey, Niger. She gave an intervention on the role of BPW International for advocacy with Governments for the Economic Empowerment of Women through Government Procurement and Financial Inclusion. Great advocacy pillars of BPW International.

President Amany also met the Ministers of Gender of Algeria and Zimbabwe and disscussed to form BPW Affiliate Clubs in these countries also.

April - June 2019
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29-30 June 2019
GIMAC Meeting
Niamey, Niger

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour was moderated a panel on the Economic Empowerment of Women during the GIMAC Meeting (Gender is my Agenda Campaign Network) with the theme of Empowering Women refugees, internally displaced.

This is one of the important advocacy pillar of BPW International of Empowering all women and leaving no woman behind.

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19 June 2019
The African Union Regional Conference on Eliminating Child Marriage and Female Genital Mutilations
Cairo, Egypt

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour and Africa Regional Coordinator Abla Mahdi attended the African Union Regional Conference on Eliminating Child Marriage and Female Genital Mutilations in Cairo, Egypt.

President Amany spoke about BPW International Taskforce for Prevention of Child Marriage chaired by EFO Giusepina Seidita and the Role of BPW International for advocacy against violence against women and prevention of Child Marriage and FGM (Female Genital Mutilation).

This event was hosted by the National Council of Women in Cairo, Egypt and the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood in presence of Women Organizations and Religious Leaders across Africa in order to raise awareness about such harmful traditions and advocate for laws criminalizing these harmful traditions.

Many stakesholders were present and gave statements such as UN Women, UNICEF, UNFPA, African Union Commission for Human and People's Rights.

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14 June 2019
Equal Pay Day
Bern, Switzerland

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour VP UN Dr. Catherine Bosshart participated in the Equal Pay Day event in Bern, Switzerland. President Amany was very glad to share those historical moments with BPW Bern Members.

In history, Women Strike in Switzerland for Gender Equality and Equal Pay in front of the Federal Palace in Bern. The first women strike in Switzerland was in 1991 for Gender Equality and Equal Pay.

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12 June 2019
100th Anniversary of ILO
United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour, VP UN Dr. Catherine Bosshart, and VP of BPW France Karin Babule attended and celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the International Labour Organization (ILO) at The United Nations in Geneva. The theme of this year is "Social Justice Descent Work" in presence of World leaders reporting about their countries efforts to have conducive environment for descent work with no discrimination or harassment and Labour laws to empower Women in the World.

This is a great advocacy pillars for BPW International and truly a great slogan for ILO.

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24-26 May 2019
16th BPW European Conference and Young BPW Symposium
Galway, Ireland

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour and her executive board attended the 16th BPW European Conference in Galway, Ireland.

The conference was a great success with high calibre speakers and great hospitality. President Amany congratulated European Regional Coordinator Pinella Bombachi. She also congratulations to BPW Ireland great teamwork under the leadership of BPW Ireland President Carmen Tehany for hosting this fantastic event.

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24-26 May 2019
Young BPW Symposium
Galway, Ireland

President Amany Asfour and BPW International Executive Board participated at the Young BPW Symposium in parallel session with the 16th BPW European Conference.

The Young BPW Symposium was also a great success. Congratulation to Europe Young BPW Representative Benedetta Palermo and Young BPW International Representative Neelima Basnet for organizing this great event.

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21-22 May 2019
EU Med Means Business
Brussels, Belgium

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour attended the EU Med Means Business Promoting Young Entrepreneurship in the South. The meeting was organized by the European Union in Brussels and inaugurated by H.E Commissioner Johannes Hahn Commissioner of European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargerment Negotiations.

President Amany spoke about the role of BPW International for Economic Empowerment of Women through promoting entrepreneurship and empowering women in Trade and access to Market. She also shared in the recommendations to build capacity of women to have quality products that meet the international standards.

President Amany opened the markets for Women Owners of SMEs and the establishment of Business Development Centres and Business Incubators. This is truly great advocacy pillars for BPW International.

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20 May 2019
Celebrated UN-FAO “World Bee Day”
Rome, Italy

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour, VP UN Dr. Catherine Bosshart, BPW International Represetative for FAO Cristina Visconti and BPW Members from Italy celebrated World Bee Day at the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) of UN in Rome. This is truly a great awareness about Bees and their great impact on Environment, especially about pollenation.

At this event, President Amany had a great pleasure meeting with H.E. The Minister of Agriculture and Forestry of Slovenia. She had a great dialogue with H.E. The Minister on starting BPW Affiliate Club in Slovenia.

President Amany spoke on areas of collaboration for Economic Empowerment of Rural Women through training, Capacity building and the transfer of Technology for Bee Keeping. This event addressing SDG#2 of Zero hunger and empowering women in rural areas is a great objective for BPW International.

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19 May 2019
Visited BPW Bristol and South Glos Virtual Club
Australia

President Dr. Amany Asfour visited BPW Bristol and South Glos Virtual Club. She also had a great meeting with Jo Kinsey, Past International President Sylvia Perry and BPW Members.

President Amany was impressed by the great work of both clubs addressing the Sustainable Development Goals with a special emphasis on SDG3 of Health and Wellbeing.

This is a great contribution to Health and Wellbeing of the women and girl Refugees and donation for basic needs by BPW Members. A great support addressing SDG 17 for global Partnership.

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17 May 2019
Meeting with ITC on Global She Trades
Geneva, Switzerland

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour had a great meeting with Vanesa Erogbogbo at the ITC in Geneva about Global She Trades and the next World Export Development Forum.

Empowering women in Trade is a great advocacy pillar of BPW International. BPW International has been a great partner to International Trade Centre (ITC) for promoting Global She Trades, identifying Businesswomen and Women Owners of SMEs in different Sectors and Services.

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3 May 2019
Regional Consultation Conference on Trade and Investment in Great Lakes Region
Kigali, Rwanda

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour shared in a panel during the Regional Consultation Conference on Trade and Investment in the Great Lakes Region held in Kigali, Rwanda.

Dr. Amany spoke on the role of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women in Empowering Women in Trade and access to Market. This is a great advocacy pillar of BPW International.

At this event, Dr. Amany was very glad to meet with the Director of UN Global Compact for Africa and UN team of the office of the special Envoy for the great lake region from United Nations in Nairobi and discussed areas of collaboration with BPW International in empowering Women in Trade.

The Great Lakes Region of Africa comprises African countries which are Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda.

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23-25 April 2019
12th African Congress for Women Entrepreneurs, 5th Anniversary of Mediterranean Network for Business & Professional Women, 16th Afro Arab Congress for Business & Professional Women, 5th Cairo Women Empowerment Summit in collaboration with
18th International Congress of Business and Professional Women – Egypt, Egyptian Business Women Association (EBWA), and Trade Promotion Fair for Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (MSMEs)
Cairo, Egypt

President Dr. Amany Asfour celebrated the 5th Anniversary of the Mediterranean Network of Business and Professional Women in honour of Past International BPW President Late Livia Ricci in collaboration with the 12th African Congress for Women Entrepreneurs and 16th Afro Arab Congress for Business and Professional Women organized by BPW Egypt under the leadership of BPW Egypt President Prof.Dr. Naglaa Lotfy in partnership with other organizations in Cairo, Egypt.

This great conference was attended by BPW Members from Mediterranean, African and Arab countries, BPW Members from France, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, United Arab Emirates, and Djibouti (under establishment).

President Amany had the pleasure to be accompanied by members of my executive VP UN Dr. Catherine Bosshart, EFO Giusepina Seidita, Africa Regional Coordinator Abla Mahdi and Past BPW International President Dr. Antoinette Ruegg.

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20 April 2019
International Economic Forum 2019
Moscow, Russia

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour shared in a panel on Africa Russia Business Relations and the evolution of relations in the 21st century during the International Economic Forum, in Moscow, Russia.

President Amany spoke on building the capacity of private sector and SMEs including women and Youth and promoting Women in Trade, a great advocacy pillar of BPW International.

Moreover, President Amany had the pleasure of being accompanied by BPW Moscow President Irina Arsentyeva. She also spoke on the panel of Women on Boards on the role of BPW International in promoting Women on Boards and advocating for Government and Corporate Procurement Policies.

8 April 2019
BPW International Oceania Sub Regional Conference
Wellington, New Zealand

 

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7 April 2019
Meeting Young BPW New Zealand
55th National Conference of BPW New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour had a great meeting with Young BPW Members and YBPW Asia Pacific representative Vivien Jonhnson during the 55th National Conference of BPW NewZealand celebrating the 80th Anniversary of BPW New Zealand.

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5-7 April 2019
Celebrated 80th Anniversary of BPW New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand

International President Dr. Amany Asfour, VP Susan Jones, VP Dr. Catherine Bosshart and Asia-Pacific Regional Coordinator Dr. Narudee Kiengsiri attended BPW New Zealand National Conference in Wellington, NZ in 2019.

BPW NZ booklet showed that BPW International’s executives often attended BPW New Zealand National Conference in the past, as well as memorable moments from past National and International conferences. BPW NZ has a long and successful history in advocating for women through New Zealand’s government.

BPW NZ received several BPW power to make a difference, Excellence Advocacy Awards in the past trienniums. Many of BPW NZ’s past and present Presidents are (or were) active at international level.

Congratulations!!!! Wishing BPW New Zealand continue success.

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2 April 2019
The Union For Mediterranean Ministerial Conference
Portugal

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour shared in a panel at the UFM Ministerial Conference in Portugal in presence of H.E the European Commissioner of Employment and Social Affairs Ms. Marianne Thyssen and Ministers of Labour and Employment across the Mediterranean Region.

President Amany spoke on the Role of BPW International in economic empowerment of women through entrepreneurship promotion, capacity building and training. A great advocacy platform in presence of the Ministers where she spoke about BPW International Advocacy pillars that include Government and Corporate Procurement, Financial Inclusion, and Women on Boards.

January - March 2019
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14 March 2019
Bruch hosted by Harriet and Bob Friediander
New York, USA

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour together with the BPW International Executives and members enjoyed brunch hosted by Harriet and Bob Friediander during UN CSW63 Meeting.

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10-22 March 2019
UN CSW 63 – Commission on the Status of Women
New York, USA

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour, BPW International Executives and members from around the world attended the NGOCSW Consultation Day and UN CSW63 in New York, USA.

BPW International and BPW Affiliate Clubs organized various side and parallel events for the UN-CSW63 as follows:

  1. Vocational Training of Women: an Excellent Investment by WfWP, SI – Kenya, IFBPW – Nepal, ILO, Gov. of Jordan, and Mission of Germany
  2. Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs Through the Sustainable Development Goals by TFC Global, BEC Global and BPWWA
  3. Women’s Future. Empowerment by Sustainable Development by IFBPW Spain
  4. Social Protection and Financial Inclusion as Means to Advance Women by IFBPW
  5. Family Care: What Are the Costs to Women and What is the Role of the State? Organized by Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic, New Zealand, France, Paraguay, and UN Women
  6. Sustainability, Working and Economic Growth for Gender Equality by FIDAPA BPW Italy
  7. Obstacles to women being independent today. A room of one’s own.  By Mission of Japan, BPW Japan and other NGOs
  8. Close the Gender Pay Gap by BPW Germany with the German Mission
  9. Advancing Women’s Legal Rights to Water by Environmental Law Institute, UNESCO-WWAP, SI, IFBPW and WfWP
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10 March 2019
Claire Fulcher Dinner 2019
New York, USA

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour and her International Executives organized Claire Fulcher Dinner in New York, USA prior to CSW63 meeting.  BPW Members who attended CSW63 almost all came to join the CF Dinner and jointly celebrate 100th Anniversary of NFBPWC USA.  Everyone dressed up in the 1960’s 

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9-10 March 2019
BPW Leaders’ Summit – 18th SDGs –
Sustainable Development of BPW
New York, USA

President Dr. Amany Asfour, BPW International Executives, and members from worldwide total more than 80 participants from 23 different countries attended the BPW International Leaders’ Summit 2019 in New York and worked during 2 days, 9-10 March 2019.

According to the International Theme the first day was dedicated to the 18th Sustainable Development Goal, the Sustainable Development of BPW.

The participants have chosen their priorities among main and subtopics of the INDEX of the text “Sustainable Development of BPW” or “1930-2018-2030: Future of BPW?  

Find here texts, programs, results, photos under www.bpw-leaderssummit.org

Facebook page under BPW International Leaders’ Summit:

https://www.facebook.com/BPW-International-Leaders-Summit-SDG18-507598902979653/

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24 February 2019
Visit BPW Pakistan Project
Gharo Village near Karachi, Pakistan

President Dr. Amany Asfour participated in the BPW Pakistan Project in Gharo Village near Karachi, Pakistan.

BPW Pakistan delivered the allotment letters of the 5 newly constructed houses out of 55 houses built by BPW Pakistan for the women and her families in the rural areas in the village of Gharo near Karachi. Each house is equipped with solar energy and water tanks.

The great achievement of BPW Pakistan founded by Late Dr. Salima Ahmed, the founding President of BPW Pakistan, and continued doing many great projects by BPW Pakistan President Ms. Nasreen Mahdi and her BPW Members.

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23 February 2019
Visited Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Karachi, Pakistan

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour, BPW Pakistan President Nasreen Mahdi and members visited Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Karachi, Pakistan.

President Amany and BPW Pakistan members were welcomed by the Assistant Secretary General of Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry Ms. Atteya Ali, who is the Head of the Business Women Forum of ICCI. At this meeting President Amany spoke on the Role of BPW International in Economic Empowerment of Women and the Theme of The Triennium Empowering Women to realize the Sustainable Development Goals, in presence of officials representing the Government of Pakistan. This was truly a fruitful meeting.

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21 February 2019
65th Anniversary of BPW Pakistan
Pakistan

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour visited BPW Pakistan on their special celebration of their 65th Anniversary of BPW Pakistan! BPW Pakistan was established by Late Dr. Salima Ahmed, founder President of BPW Pakistan, who spent her whole life dedicated to the cause of BPW International and women and girls’ empowerment until the last day of her life at the age of 92.

President Amany visited the great BPW Complex of BPW Pakistan with BPW Pakistan President Nasreen Mahdi and her members. The BPW Complex was hosting more than 50 working women in the BPW Hostel, has BPW Gift Shop to market BPW women products, a conference centre for BPW Pakistan to organize meetings and a Legal Aid Centre to provide legal advice for women. This is truly a great project of BPW Pakistan that support women and girls’ empowerment.

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16 February 2019
Equal Pay Day Celebration
Madrid, Spain

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour, President of BPW Spain, Mrs. Silvia Vigatá and the Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism of the Government of Spain, Ms. Maria Reyes Maroto illera joined the Equal Pay Day celebration with BPW Madrid, Spain in Madrid.

The #equalpayday celebration is increasingly important at Local, National and International level. BPW Madrid has started throughout the day, acts with personalities from all areas, in order to spread the importance of reducing the wage gap between men and women.

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13-14 February 2019
The Arab African Conference on Business Women
Marrakesh, Morocco

President Dr. Amany Asfour and H.E. Commissioner of Economic Affairs of African Union and H.E. Head of Women and Childhood Department of Arab League shared a High Level Panel on Economic Empowerment of Women Challenges and Opportunities during the Arab African Conference on Business Women in Marrakesh, Morocco. The conference was organized by Arab Union for Industrial Development.

President Amany spoke on the Role of BPW International in Economic Empowerment of Women and Advocacy Pillars.

Over 200 participants participated in this conference including Ministers of Small and Medium Enterprises and H.E. Atteya Ali, Assistant Secretary General of Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and BPW Marrakesh President Fadwa with her club members.

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10-11 February 2019
The Africa Union Summit Opening Ceremony
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

President Dr. Amany Asfour, all the Head of States of Africa, in presence of H.E. United Nations Secretary General, Director General of WHO (World Health Organization), H.E. President of Estonia, and Bill Gates, attended The African Union Summit Opening Ceremony in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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9 February 2019
The Pan African Fashion Initiative
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour, on the margin of the African Union Summit, attended the Pan African Fashion Initiative with BPW Addis Ababa - Ethiopia with President Ms. Hadia Gondji, and Executive Director of ITC (International Trade Center) Arancha Gonzalez. BPW International is a great partner with ITC promoting the ITC Global She Trades Program.

This event was organized in presence of H.E. President of Ethiopia, the only female President currently in Africa. Ethiopia is now a role model for empowering women having a Female Head of State and 50/50 Gender Parity in the cabinet. The fashion Industry is huge of 2.4 Trillion USD per year.

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6 February 2019
Visited Louvre Museum and the great Mosque
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

During the Entrepreneurship and Employment Forum in Abu Dhabi on 5-8 February 2019 which organized by BPW Abu Dhabi, President Dr. Amany Asfour, together with BPW Presidents and Members from BPW Egypt, BPW Morocco, BPW Lebanon, BPW Sudan, BPW Kuwait, BPW Bahrain, BPW Jordan, BPW Abu Dhabi, BPW AlAIN, and BPW Al Dhafra of United Arab Emirates were accompanied by the Exhibition for Women Entrepreneurs on a great cultural tour to the Louvre Museum of Abu Dhabi and the great Mosque in Abu Dhabi.

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5 - 8 February 2019
The Entrepreneurship and Employment Forum
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

President Dr. Amany Asfour, VP Susan Jones, and Regional Coordinator of Africa Alba Mahdi, participated in the Entrepreneurship and Employment Forum, which was organized by our newly established BPW Abu Dhabi - U.A.E.

During this forum, 2 more BPW Affiliate Clubs were launched which are BPW AIAIN and BPW AlDhafra. Congratulations!

BPW International successfully achieving the goal of our founder, Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips, to expand our organization around the World again, especially in the Arab Speaking Countries.

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8 January 2019
BPW Rome and BPW Houston Twinning Ceremony
90th Anniversary of BPW Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy

BPW International President Dr. Amany Asfour and BPW Italy National President Carerina Mazella jointly participated in the Twinning Ceremony between BPW Rome under the Presidency of Bettina Giordani and BPW Houston USA under the Presidency of Paula Ferrari on the occasion of the 90th Anniversary of BPW Rome in Rome, Italy.

The event was greatly conducted by the Chair of BPW International Twinning Task Force Nellina Basile. There was a big delegation of 12 arrived from Houston USA to celebrated with their sisters in Rome. A great affection and sisterhood and agreement on projects in the field of Women Health and STEM Education great advocacy pillars of BPW International in the presence of Luisa Monini the Chair of BPW International Health Task Force.

Reminding us all of our founder Dr. Lena Madeson Phillips who travel from USA to Europe to gather the women of the world in sisterhood and Solidarity.

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8 January 2019
Celebrated the 90th Anniversary of BPW Rome and
Candle Lighting Ceremony
Rome, Italy

President Dr. Amany Asfour joined the celebration of the Candle Lighting Ceremony, which organized by BPW Rome President Bettina Giordani during the 90th Anniversary of BPW Rome, in presence of BPW Italy President Caterina Mazzella, European Regional Coordinator Pinella Bombaci and a big delegation from BPW Houston USA with President Paula Ferrari.

This occasion reminded everyone of our Founder Dr. Lena Madison Phillips who travelled from USA to Europe in 1930 to gather the world of peace through uniting the Business and Professional Women of the World.

The Candle Lighting Ceremony was organized each year to remind the world of our sisterhood and lighting the candles for all our BPW affiliates across the world!

October – December 2018
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8-9 December 2018
Africa 2018 Forum
Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

President Amany Asfour attended the High-level Panel on the Gender Agenda: Moving together, during the Africa 2018 Forum in Sharm El Sheikh (the City of Peace), Egypt. This forum is an international, landmark event hosted under the High Patronage of H.E. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, aiming to promote greater economic integration through increased investment flows into Africa.

In this forum, President Amany gave an interview on advocacy pillars of BPW International for Empowering Women including Financial Inclusion, Government and Corporate Procurement Policies including Women on Board. She had the pleasure to meet H.E. First Lady of Niger to start a BPW Club in Niger and met Minister of Foreign Affairs of Namibia to continue discussion on the starting of BPW Club in Shaa Allah, Namibia.

President Maggie from BPW Kampala, Uganda also attended this forum.

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5 December 2018
1st Forum for Business Women Association for Presidents of Africa ECOWAS Region
Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain

President Dr. Amany Asfour and the Director General of Casa Africa inaugurated the First Forum for Business Women Associations for BPW Presidents from West Africa ECOWAS Region (Economic Commission of West African States) in Canary Islands in Spain. The forum was hosted and supported by Casa Africa in Canary Islands in Las Palmas, Spain. Casa Africa is the Institution of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain that promotes relation with Africa. Many participants attended this forum such as BPW Spain President Sylvia, Immediate Past President Maria Jose and our BPW presidents from West Africa: Nigeria, Senegal, Benin, Cote D'Ivoire, Sierraleon.

At this forum, President Amany spoke about the Role of BPW International in Economic Empowerment of Women and shared the global vision of BPW under the Theme of the Triennium “Empowering Women to realize the Sustainable Development Goals”.

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3 December 2018
Meeting with BPW Presidents from Spain and West Africa
Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain

President Dr. Amany Asfour had a great meeting with BPW Presidents from Spain and West Africa (Nigeria, Senegal, Benin, and Ghana) with Casa Africa in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain as the host of the event.

There were potential candidates to start new BPW Affiliates Clubs in Mauritania, Gambia and Cape Verde joining this event.

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29 November 2018
Launched new Affiliate Club: BPW Lusaka, Zambia
Lusaka, Zambia

President Dr. Amany Asfour with BPW Lusaka President Rosemary Chola Sibisi (Rose) launched the newly established BPW Lusaka Zambia in Lusaka with a group of very dedicated women and young BPW. President Amany gave an overview on the advocacy pillars of BPW International and the Theme of the Triennium of Empowering Women to Realize the Sustainable Development Goals.

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23-24 November 2018
1st BPW Mediterranean Symposium 2018
Nicosia, Cyprus

President Amany Asfour, Vice Presidents Catherine Bosshart and Susan Jones, BPW members from Athens, Thesslanloniki, Malta, France and Italy attended this symposium.  The symposium was chaired by BPW Cyprus President, Mary Papadopoulou.

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21 November 2018
The Med Forum
Rome, Italy

President Amany Asfour participated as speaker in the afternoon panel at The Med Women's Forum in Rome organized under the Patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy. Ambassador Belloni Secretary General the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy gave the opening remarks.

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21 November 2018
The Skills for Future Conference
Turine, Italy

President Amany Asfour participated as speaker in 2 Panels in 2 different cities in one day.  The 1st panel in the morning – President Amany spoke at the Skills for The Future Conference in Turine, Italy, which organized by the European Training Foundation, the training Arm of the European Commission. The panel was titled Impact of Global Trends on skills for Economies and Societies.  President Amany spoke about the role of BPW International in empowering women and girls through STEM Education and promoting Digital Economy and decreasing the Gender Digital Gap and The BPW International advocacy pillars and Task Forces that address these topics.

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15-17 November 2018
The 12th BPW Danube Net Business Women Forum 2018 Budapest, Hungary

President Amany Asfour, The Deputy Mayor of Budapest, Regional Coordinator Pinella Bombaci and Executive Finance Officer Guiseppina Seidita attended BPW Danube Net Business Forum and joined the opening of BPW Danube Network at City Hall, Budapest, Hungary. The meeting was chaired by Marion Volk.

BPW Danube Net Forum in Budapest has been accepted as one of the great events organised in the frame of the EU Code Week 2018.

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7-10 November 2018
Tagier Medays Forum
Tangier, Morocco

President Amany Asfour attended the Tagier Medays Forum and presented in a panel on the Role of BPW International in Economic Empowerment of Women and Gender Equality in Tangier, Morocco. The Medays Forum was organised by Ms. Fatiha Otmane, BPW Morocco President.

President Amany had the pleasure to share the panel with Sheikha Hind Bent Salman, BPW Bahrain President, Ms. Hadia Gondji, BPW Addis Ababa, Ethiopia President, Ms. Rawya Mansour, Chair of Environment Committee of BPW Egypt, Ms. Amina, Legal Advisor of BPW Morocco in presence of Senator Laila Al Khayat, BPW Tunis Jasmin President, and Noha, BPW Sudan member.

President Dr. Amany Asfour met President Fatiha Otmane, President of BPW Morocco, Senator Laila Al Khayat, President of BPW Tunis Jasmin, Ms. Hadia Gondji, President of BPW Addis Ababa and Ethiopia, Noha from BPW Sudan, and BPW Morocco members at Medays Forum.

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29 October - 1 November 2018
BPW International Asia-Pacific Regional Conference 2018
Bangkok, Thailand

Over 500 business & professional women from 40 countries attended BPW International APRC 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. Three Princesses of Thailand presided over this 3-day conference. The conference featured over 30 speakers in the program:
  • Panel I: “Women Accelerating Advancement toward Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific”
  • Panel II: “The Keys to Open New doors for Business and Employment Opportunities for Women”
  • Panel III: “Green Growth Strategies for Better Business & Better World”
  • Panel IV: “Financial Inclusion for Gender Equality and Poverty Alleviation”
APRC 2018 also featured Leaders’ Summit Session with Panel on “Opportunities to Realize SDGs through BPW Activities and International Partners” and a brain Storming Session: “Advancing BPW towards Sustainable Development Goals +1”
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25-27 October 2018
BPW International Executive Board Meeting
Bangkok, Thailand
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20 October 2018
15th Anniversary BPW Moscow
Moscow, Russia

President Amany and Regional Coordinator Pinella Bombaci attended this celebration. The conference theme was "Empowering Women to realize the Sustainable Development Goals". The meeting was chaired by BPW Moscow President, Irina Arsentyeva.

Happy 15th Anniversary to BPW Moscow 2, Russia!!
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9 October 2018
90th Anniversary Celebration of Milano Club
Milano, Italy

President Amany visited BPW Milano Club with President Luisa Monini.  Special philatelic postmark to starting celebration of the 90th Anniversary of Milano Club.

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5-8 October 2018
Visit to the Southeast District
Matera, Bari, Altamura and Gravina, Italy

President Dr. Amany Asfour and BPW Italy President Caterina Mazzella visited the Southeast District of Italy.

  • In Matera-European Capital of Culture 2019, the Meeting was held on the International Theme “Empowering Women to Realize the Sustainable Development Goals”.
  • In the University of Bari, there was a Meeting with the University Rector; a Concert was dedicated to the President Amany.
  • In Altamura and Gravina, President Amany and President Caterina had a meeting with the Mayors and then visited the cities.
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1 October 2018
The Research Institute
Catalina, Italy

President Dr. Amany Asfour, Finance Director Giuseppina Seideta, Vice President of BPW Italy Cettina Oleveri, President of BPW Sicily Cettina Corallo, BPW Catania members and young school girls visited the Research Institute in Catalina Sicily, Italy where BPW Catalina organized a great "STEM EDUCATION" event in presence of the Director of the Research Institute. In this event, the young school girls wearing "STEM" T-Shirts to motivate STEM Education.

STEM Education is a great advocacy pillar of BPW International and it's in line with our BPW International Theme of "Empowering Women to realize Sustainable Development Goals" (SDGs). STEM Education is supporting SDGs #4 on Quality Education.
 July – Sept 2018
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29 September 2018
President Amany visits the Quirinale
Rome, Italy

During BPW Italy General Assembly, President Amany Asfour, President of FIDAPA BPW Italy Caterina Mazzella, BPW Europe Regional Coordinator Pinella Bombaci, BPW Authorities and members visit the Quirinale, the venue of the Italian Republic President.  

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29 September 2018
BPW Italy National General Assembly Gala Dinner and Fashion show
Rome, Italy

In occasion of the National General Assembly 2018, BPW Italy organized a Gala Dinner and a Fashion Show.

The stylist was the member Marina Corazziari, who realized a Dresses and Jewelry Parade.

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19-21 Sept 2018
Second Eurasian Women’s Forum
St Petersburg, Russia

President Dr. Amany Asfour attended the Second Eurasian Women’s Forum in Russia, which was inaugurated by President Putin. She spoke on “Economic Empowerment of Women and access to Market in Russia” in a Panel on Africa-Russia Business Dialogue and Economic Empowerment of Women in this Forum. 

She met with UNIDO Managing Director Fatou Haidara and UNIDO Senior Industrial officer Monica Carco as well as several BPW members, including BPW Neva’s President Natalia, President Elena of BPW Club in St Petersburg, etc. 

President Amany also met with Ms. Veronica to start a new BPW Club in Skolkova in Russia.  She also discussed with the Minister of Gender of Cambodia on starting a BPW Club in Cambodia.

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12 September 2018
2018 World Export Development Forum
Lusaka, Zambia

President Dr. Amany Asfour shared in a Panel of Women in Leadership in conversation during the World Export Development Forum. The forum was organized by ITC (International Trade Center) in collaboration with African Union in Lusaka Zambia.

President Amany spoke on the role of BPW International in Economic Empowerment of Women and promoting women in Trade in Partnership with ITC in the presence of Arancha Gonzalez, Executive Director of ITC. During the forum, she met with potential Business women to start BPW clubs in Zambia, Guinea and Eriteria.

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10-12 August 2018
BPW Canada 46th National Convention,
Ottawa, Canada

President Dr. Amany Asfour attended BPW Canada 46th National Convention in Ottawa, Canada at the Fermont Chateau Lauriet. The opening ceremony was presided over by Chief Commissioner of Human Rights of Canada, Mayor of Ottawa. At this convention, Linda Davis was elected a new President of BPW Canada. Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla, immediate past president of President of BPW Canada took on a role as Chairperson of a newly formed taskforce called "Women Migrants and Global Citizenship".

In addition to the Anniversary Celebration, the SDG Gala held the following day highlighted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals featuring a keynote address by the first female First Nations Senator of Canada, The Honorable Lillian Eva Dyck with remarks from Councilor Marianne Wilkinson and the 2017 Recipient of the BPW Canada Centennial Award, Carleton University’s Centre for Women in Politics and Public Leadership’s Executive Director Clare Beckton.

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5-9 August 2018
BPW Jordan Event “My Way”, “SMEs and it's effect on Economic Empowerment of Women” Conference and Visited BPW Jordan.
Amman, Jordan

On 5 August 2018 President Dr. Amany Asfour attended the BPW Jordan event “My Way” with BPW Jordan President Rana Abweh, Past President Haifa Al Nagar, Executive Director Thana’a Al-Khasawneh and BPW Jordan Members. It was truly an inspirational and Mentorship event as BPW Jordan had 3 successful Business and Professional Women tell their success stories and their journey to their leadership position. The event also had 3 Women Ministers: the Ministry of International Cooperation, the Minister of Social Affairs and the Minister of Public Sector Development, who talked about their way for success and how they reached their leadership positions. This is a great event to inspire Young BPW members.

On 6-7 August 2018 President Dr. Amany Asfour chaired in a Panel in the “SMEs and it's effect on Economic Empowerment of Women” Conference in Amman, Jordan. BPW Jordan Executive Director Thana’a Al-Khasawneh and BPW Egypt member of Financial Inclusion Committee Ms. Heba Saad, and Dr. Heike Harmgart, Head of Diversity and Inclusion at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development. The conference was organized in collaboration with Arab Union of Banks under the leadership of Mr. Wissam Fatouh.

President Amany spoke about the Role of BPW International in the Economic Empowerment of Women and how to support SMEs and Women business owners through the advocacy pillars of Women in Trade and Access to Markets, Government and Corporate Procurement Policies and Financial Inclusion.

On 9 August 2018 President Dr. Amany Asfour and Ms. Heba Saad, BPW Egypt member of Financial Inclusion Committee, had a great meeting with BPW Jordan President Rana Abweh, Past President Haifa Al Nagar, Executive Director Thana’a Al-Khasawneh and BPW Jordan Members, where they discussed BPW Jordan Projects and how they are contributing to the theme of the BPW International Triennium: Empowering Women to realize the Sustainable Development Goals.

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21-22 July 2018
BPWI Regional Congress for North America and the Caribbean,
Orlando, Florida, USA

President Dr. Amany Asfour and almost all BPWI Executives attended the BPW International Regional Congress for North America and the Caribbean in Orlando, Florida, USA, the site of BPW International Congress in 2020.

Regional Coordinator Dawne Williams, Past International President and President of NFBPWC Elisabeth Benhem organized a fantastic Regional Congress with workshops. President Amany congratulated the newly elected NFBPWC President Sandra Thompson and her new Executive Board.

At Gala Dinner on 22 July 2018, President Amany's speech on "Game Changer" was well received.

Many awards were given out to outstanding BPW members and everyone enjoyed the Candle lighting cerebration for the N. America Region. Young BPW also gets an opportunity to have breakfast with the President.

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12-19 July 2018
20th COMESA Summit
Lusaka, Zambia

President Dr. Amany Asfour participated in the 20th COMESA Summit, a Common Market of Southern and Eastern Africa, under the theme, 'COMESA: Towards Digital Economic Integration,' which was organized between July 12-19, 2018 at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka, Zambia. During the summit, President Amany met the Ministers of Gender of Zambia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar and The Ministers of Trade of COMESA.

The COMESA summit was designed to rally Member States towards the full adoption of digital technologies; they focused on establishing seamless processes across COMESA region to enable ease of doing business/trade and to enhance regional integration using ICT as a tool. Currently, COMESA is rolling out instruments of Digital Free Trade Area (DFTA), which incorporates e-Trade, e-logistics and e-legislation with the aim of minimize physical barriers between Member States.

During this Summit, the Minister of Gender of Zambia and President Amany agreed to start BPW Affiliates Club in Zambia. They also discussed more issues on Economic Empowerment of Women Through Trade and Access to Markets. This is truly a great advocacy pillar of BPW International.

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4 July 2018
Panel on the Impact of Financial Inclusion of Women during the G20 Meeting. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

President Dr. Amany Asfour shared in a Panel on the Impact of Financial Inclusion of Women during the G20 Meeting under the auspices of the Presidency of Argentina and the Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The panel was moderated by Ms. Khlood Al Dukheil, Managing Director of Al Dukheil Finance Group, who is driving the agenda of Financial Inclusion in Saudi Arabia.

President Amany was sharing the panel with H.R.H. Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al -Saud, Ms. Mai Aboul Naga, Sub-Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt, and Ms. Susan Bilbao, Chair of W20 Group Argentina.

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3-4 July 2018
Inauguration of the Al Nador Training Center for Women Empowerment; and Meeting with BPW Madrid President and members.
Madrid, Spain

President Dr. Amany Asfour attended the inauguration of the Al Nador Training Center for Women Empowerment in Spain. The training center was first established in Morocco. This is a project of African Foundation chaired by H.E. Maria Therese Fernandez De P.a. Vega, the President of the State Council of Spain, under the patronage, and in the presence, of Her Majesty the Queen of Spain.

The foundation promotes women in STEM Education and Economic Empowerment of Women. This is a great advocacy pillar of BPW Int’l.

President Dr. Amany also met BPW Madrid President Ms. Paz Martín Lozano, and BPW Madrid members and met with H.E. The Minister of Commerce Industry and Tourism of Spain, who is also a member of BPW Madrid. The Minister is newly appointed in the new Cabinet of Spain. The Cabinet, which has more female ministers serving than male ministers, of Spain is now rated number 1 in the world in empowering women.

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1 July 2018
31st African Union Summit
Nouakchott, Mauritania

President Dr. Amany Asfour attended the African Union High Level Meeting on Women in Power during the African Union Summit in Mauritania. President Amany met with Business and Professional Women from Mauritania and invite them to start BPW in Mauritania. She also met with H.E. Adv. Bience Gawanas, UN Special Advisor on Africa. Attended the Press Conference of GIMAC (Gender is my Agenda Campaign) Network where BPW Egypt and BPW Sudan are members.

President Amany spoke on Economic Empowerment of Women a main objective of BPW International.

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December 2017
“International Trade Fair” in DJIBOUTI

President Amany Asfour spoke at a session entitled "Women at the top Leadership" at the International Trade Fair and celebration of 110 Years for the Chamber of Commerce in Djibouti, which was hosted by the Woman Mayor of Djibouti Ms Fatma. Dr. Amany also met with many powerful women to start the BPW In Djibouti.