Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women
2913 Centre Street North
Brief description of your organization/association:
The Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW Canada) is a non-sectarian, non-profit, and non-partisan organization that works to improve the economic, political, social and employment conditions of working women in Canada. We provide a training ground for developing professional, business and leadership potential in a safe and supportive environment, enabling members to build skills, networks and create lasting friendships.
BPW Canada has been recognized for its many projects over the years, from the Women's Empowerment Principles to Equal Pay awareness campaigns and submission of Resolutions to the Prime Minister's Office annually. BPW Canada has been active in its work to empower women, to declare Equal Pay Day Nationally, to fight against human trafficking and violence against women, and to support issues affecting indigenous and immigrant women. Organizations such as the United Nations and other foreign governments from around the world have acknowledged and applauded our efforts to improve conditions for all women. Our mission, vision, values and principles guide us to our ultimate goal which is to improve conditions for all women. BPW Canada was founded in 1930, at the same time as the International Federation. The International Federation (IFBPW), has become one of the most influential international networks of business and professional women with affiliates in 95 countries in five continents.
IFBPW has General Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and has participatory status with the Council of Europe. Its members include influential women leaders, entrepreneurs, business owners, executives, professionals and young working women under the age of 35. The root of IFBPW’s advocacy is embedded in the work with the United Nations. BPW lobbied for the formation of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and supported many women’s issues. It was awarded a Peace Messenger Certificate from the UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar in 1987. Esther Hymer, BPW representative at the UN, was named as one of three women playing a significant role in the work of the UN Commission by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 1997.
Today, IFBPW continues its representation at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, Vienna, Geneva; UN regional offices (UNECA, UNECE, UNESCAP, UNESCWA, UNECLAC); UNESCO, UNICEF, ILO, WHO, UNCTAD, UNIDO, FAO, UN DPI; Council of Europe; European Women’s Lobby and continues to work closely with UN Women.
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