Task Force BPW Power to Make a Difference - Report 2017-2020

BPW Power to Make a Difference Task Force 

by Dr. Chonchanok Viravan, Chair of Adjudicators

The objective of BPW Power to Make a Difference Competition is to document and give recognition to the value of leadership, influence and work of BPW Affiliates. The BPW Power to Make a Difference competition expands the scope of BPW work eligible for the competition from the original Beyond 2000: Helping Women Help Themselves competition which I initiated in 1997. Past awards were given at 7 different BPW International Congresses during 1999-2017. It was estimated that these winning BPW activities help over 360,000 women to sustain themselves economically.

The awards are divided into leadership, advocacy and action categories. Since 2014, work that makes a difference to the environment is counted as well.

The winners will receive their awards from the International President Dr. Amany Asfour. However, due to Covid-19 pandemic, the award ceremony for 2017-2020 winners has not yet been scheduled, but it will be held within 2021 or by mid 2022 at the latest.


Power to Make a difference through leadership

Excellent Business Leaders Award

• Myrna T. Yao (Philippines), President and CEO, Richprime Global Inc, Richprime Group of Companies

Excellent Professional Leaders Award

• Dr. Nantarika Chansue (Thailand), Director, Veterinary Medical Aquatic Animal Research Center, Chulalongkorn University.

Excellent Young Leaders Award

• Angelina Sookoo-Bobb (St. Kitt), Attroney-at-Law, Senior Associate Attorney at Law Office of Sylvester Anthony

Power to Make a Difference through Advocacy

Excellent Edvocacy for Women Awards 

1st Place: BPW New Zealand 

2nd Place: BPW Japan

3rd Place: BPW Egypt


Power to Make a Difference through Action 

Excellent Projects Awards

1st Place: BPW Thailand, The Financial Discipline Creation Project

2nd Place: BPW Nepal, Empowering Women for Financial Sustainability based on 4 projects

- Women’s Expanded Coffee Production and Marketing Project (BPW Nepal)

- Empowering Women through Income Generation (BPW Kathmandu)

- Socio-Economic Empowerment of Women (BPW Banepa)

- Literacy Class and Skill Development Activities for the Women in District Jail, Moran (BPW Biratnagar)

2nd Place: BPW Pakistan, Economic Empowerment of Women through Accelerated Implementation of SDGs

3rd Place: BPW Korea, Career Guidance for Young Women: Girls, Go Beyond Yourself! Challenge Yourself!

4th Place: BPW South Mumbai, India, Empowering women by improving health and environment

based on 2 projects

- Narmada project – Environmental & Cultural project at the sacred river Narmada 

- WASH project – Women’s Sanitation and Hygiene

5th Place: BPW Burkina Faso, Fight against female Genital Mutilation


Adjudicators, including myself, cannot evaluate projects and nominations in a category where there are nomination(s) from her own country.

I would like to thank the following adjudicators for their hard work. 

  • Dr. Chonchanok Viravan (Chair)
  • Christine Heinze (Germany) 
  • Dolores Otáñez (Ecuador)
  • Eva Richter (USA)
  • Judith Van Unen (Australia) 
  • Yinka Ajibola (Nigeria)

So that the contributions of all the winners can be made known to members, their projects and activities will gradually be publicized via the following channels:

BPW International web site: www.bpw-international.org (Award page)

BPW project web site: https://www.bpw-projects.org/

BPW Power to Make a Difference facebook:


Workbook 2021, p. 51/52