But all of this is not only a question of smart business, human rights or social justice.The participation of women is crucial if we are to harness all the energy, thinking and diversity of views needed to find new ways to address the complex, multi-layered problems of the past.As Einstein said: We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. ”
BPW International Leadership Summit 2013 - President
BPW InternationalEmpowered Women Leading Business 5th BPW Leadership Summit Harmonie Club New York City, New York DAY 1: 1 March 2013
Strategic Partnerships Bringing the voice of women to business1. CBW - Commonwealth Business Women2. IOE - International Organisation of Employers3. The World Bank & IFC4. ITC - International Trade Centre5. WEConnect International6. UN Global Compact Office, NY
IOE International Organisation of EmployersHeadquarters in Geneva, Switzerland; establishedin 1920‣151 national employers’ organisation members in144 countriesNational peak business and industrygroupsBPW International partnered as “GenderExpert”
IOE International Organisation of Employers‣ Two organisations bringing the voice of women to business.
‣ Meetings with Secretary General in Rio during RIO+20 and at ILO HQ in Geneva; MOU now in place to consider:‣ 1. Jointly conducting research and developing policy guidance material, aligning resources and intelligence from our member networks with the aim to: ‣ develop gender-sensitive workplace policies and measures ‣ Provide sound and relevant policy guidance for employers around the world ‣ Becoming a strong and representative network at the international level
‣ 2. Jointly providing communication platforms to share best practices and create global awareness on emerging issues based on identified regional needs and gap areas: ‣ Webinars ‣ workshops ‣ forums ‣ training material ‣ business networking ‣ training sessions ‣ associations
The World Bank Group consists of five organizations which includesthe International Finance Corporation.‣The Director of Global Indicators & Analysis, Dr. Augusto Lopez-Claros oversees the project: Women, Business, and the Law.‣The report shows that economies with greater legal differentiationbetween men and women have, on average, lower femaleparticipation in the formal labor force.‣It measures such things as a woman’s legal capacity to sign acontract, travel abroad, manage property, and interact with publicauthorities and the private sector.
‣ finds that while 36 economies reduced legal differences between men and women, 103 out of 141 economies studied still impose legal differences on the basis of gender identifies 41 law and regulatory reforms enacted between June 2009 and March 2011 that could enhance women’s economic opportunities.
MOU with the IFC to:‣explore and leverage opportunities to partner in support of linkingwomen business enterprises to new markets and businessopportunities and financial institutions. discuss issues facingwomen in business, law and trade at national, regional andinternational BPW meetings‣share IFC reports of significance to women in the workplace andadvise the BPW International President on any new developments inresearch and policy regarding gender equity. collaborate inconversations, meetings, seminars, workshops and conferencesalongside the World Bank.
RIO+20 Alliance‣ New strategic alliance between the UN Global Compact, the International Trade Centre (ITC), WEConnect International and BPW International‣ Reaffirms existing commitment to GPFA
South East Europe Leadership CentreCollaboration between BPWInternational and UNESCOWomen & Peace Centre‣Use of UNESCO networks‣Work for the interests of allwomen‣First meeting scheduled for2013 with Women in theBalkan region
UAE & GCCBPW International realises founder’s vision New clubs being formed in the Middle East – the UAE:and GCC.
UAE & Middle East BPW International realises founder’s vision‣ Strengthening the Arab Region.‣ Building Businesses. Advancing Women
Equality Means Business‣ Takes the economic arguments for change to the heart of the corporate world.‣ Sharing best practices from companies that really understand what motivates women in the workplace and the marketplace.‣ Optimising women’s talents to boost the bottom line.‣ Taking action to achieve this will require sustained courage and conviction from today’s corporate leaders.
WEPs Vision for business in the 21st Century‣ Increase number of women in top management positions so that women and men work together‣ Show companies how to make the transition from awareness of the existing situation to the implementation of change‣ Integrate gender equality into companies’ core business and strategy‣ A universal framework that empowers women in the workplace and by extension, in all areas of their lives by changing a predominantly male-oriented way of thinking
‣Solid foundation with strong vision and focus‣Integrated and improved reporting‣Leveraging global alliances‣Bringing New Opportunities to Members