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BPWI President Freda Miriklis:
Interview with SouthSouth News – March 2012
BPWI President Communication – June 4, 2012
Another reason to light a candle!
Over the years, BPWI has been developing the professional, leadership and business potential of women on all levels - through advocacy, mentoring, networking, skill building and economic empowerment programs and projects throughout the world.
As a founding member of BPWI, BPWC feels privileged to be a member of this extraordinary organization in which members across Canada are connected to an extensive network of women in more than 100 countries – all working to improve economic, political, employment and social conditions for women around the world. It is exciting to be involved in international activities and the exchange of ideas with like-minded women all the while, discovering we face similar issues.
Each year, in February, we celebrate together through our “Candlelighting Ceremony”. It symbolizes the spirit we share with our sister clubs around the world. By joining BPWC, you can be a part of this large network of women working to create a better future for women and girls everywhere in the world!
One of the advantages of becoming a BPW member is that, once every three years, you have the opportunity to attend and participate in a BPW International Congress. The first such congress that I ever attended was in Montreux, Switzerland, years ago. I was immediately hooked, and have been a regular participant since. These addictive events have drawn me to Asia, Africa and New Zealand as well as to four North American cities and five locations in Europe. The most recent (June 2011) was in Helsinki, Finland, and the next will be in Korea in 2014.
BPWI and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) of the Human Right Council, United Nations, is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Woman was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979. 185 countries, including Canada, have ratified the Treaty for the Rights of Women. Unfortunately, the treaty has no enforcement authority to the United Nations or any other body. That's why it is important for BPWC, as a non-governmental organization representing women, to keep reminding our government of its obligations under CEDAW and pressuring them to fulfill those obligations.
For more information, and to keep up-to-date on CEDAW, visit the CEDAW site at http://www.bpw-international.org/united-nations/cedaw
BPWI offers a variety of events for all BPW members across the world. Click here to access their list of events on their website.