BPW Power to Make a Difference Awards


BPW Power to Make a Difference Awards

BPW Power to Make a Difference Awards was formerly called “Beyond 2000: Helping Women Help Themselves” awards. The original mandate was to recognize BPW projects that help women to sustain themselves in the long run. Giving out money is not allowed, but other things like offer skill training, give advise, time, opportunities, etc.

The competition name was changed in 2008 at Mexico City Congress in order to more comprehensively recognized and honor BPW International’s contribution through Leadership, Advocacy and Action. The project also allows contribution to the environment to count as “Action” that would help women.

Nomination for BPW Power to Make a Difference 2017-2019 is opened.  The submission deadline is 31 March 2020.


Power to Make a Difference through Leadership

  • Excellent Business Leaders
  • Excellent Professional Leaders
  • Excellent Young Leaders

Award to individual BPW members whose work has significant positive impact on the world, environment, her country, her society and/or her business.

Power to Make a Difference through Advocacy 

  • Excellent Advocacy for Women

Award to Top 3 leading BPW Affiliates that successfully lobby for legislation, national policy, lobby CEO to support Women’s Empowerment Principles, or promote endeavor to improve the status of women.

Power to Make a Difference through Action

  • Excellent Projects

Award to Top 5 leading BPW Affiliates which help women to help themselves during the triennium with minimum of helping at least 200 women. 

Special Recognition 

  • Special Contribution to BPW to a BPW member who significantly contribute to BPW International.
  • Special Certificate of Recognition to BPW affiliates with past winning projects that are on-going and continue to submit report on their progress.

BPW Power to Make a Difference Awards Winners 2014-2016

Excellent Business Leaders Awards
  • Rawya Lotfy Mansour (Egypt)
  • Natthika Wattanavekin Angubolkul (Thailand)
Excellent Professional Leaders Awards
  • Professor Rossana Berardi, Italy
Excellent Advocacy for Women
  • 1st Place: BPW New Zealand
  • 2nd Place: BPW Cyprus
  • 3rd Place: BPW Italy
  • 3rd Place: BPW Ontario, Canada
Excellent Projects
  • 1st Place: BPW Nepal, “Construction of Earthquake Effected Houses”
  • 2nd Place: BPW Thailand, “Better Fabric, Better Women’s Life”
  • 3rd Place: BPW Mexico, “BPW - Osteoporosis dete/cción and HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) vaccination campaign” & BPW Ijui-RS, Brazil, “Women’s Touch to the Nectar of Life: Stingless Bees’ Hives”
  • 4th Place: BPW Swan Hill, Australia, “Girls in School-Women in Work
    Days for Girls Project”
  • 5th Place: BPW St Kitts and Nevis, “BPW Women’s Wellness Campaign”
Special Certificate of Recognition
  • BPW Thailand’s “Give Women a Second Chance” project
  • BPW Egypt’s “Hatchepsut Women Business Development Center and Business Incubator for Women Entrepreneurs Project”
Beyond 2000: Helping Women Help Themselves
  • 1996-1998 winners
  • 1999-2001 winners
  • 2002-2004 winners

BPW Power to Make a Difference
  • 2005-2007 winners
  • 2008-2010 winners
  • 2011-2013 winners
  • 2014-2016 winners