Women's Empowerment

Women's Empowerment

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      Introducing the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women new Logo.

Special thanks to the Edwards School of Business - University of Saskatchewan, a founding member of the CCEW for their inspiration and support.

This logo captures the essence of the CCEW collaborative national strategy to empower women in Canada.    

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Join us by signing the CCEW Statement of Support!

Business and Professional Women came together to at the BPW Canada National Convention in Calgary, Alberta, Saturday August 13, 2016 to celebrate the CCEW progress in building collaborative partnerships across Canada with stakeholders from business, labour, government and civil society to promote women's economic empowerment.   

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Congratulations Edwards School of Business in Launching the Empowering Women Leaders Program.

                             

      

 

                                                                      

            Edwards CCEW Award

 To Download Brochure click here.  

 

Jill Salamon (right) with the Edwards School of Business receives the CCEW Empowerment Award on behalf of the University of Saskatchewan Executive Education Program. Doris Hall BPW Women's Empowerment Chair (left) and Sheila Crook UN Global Champion for Women's Economic Empowerment (centre)

 

Check out why the time is now to invest in yourself or in the women in your organization. 

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Join the CCEW in making change by signing the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women statement of support. To learn more about the benefits to achieving 50-50 by 2030 explore the resources below and contact a CCEW representative. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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BPW Canada Launches the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women 

BPW Canada has spearheaded the establishment of the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women to advance equality between men and women; boys and girls recognizing it is essential to build strong economies, establish more stable and just societies, and improve the quality of life for women, men, families and communities.

The coalition will refer to the UN Women and UN Global Compact Women's Empowerment Principles as a general framework and promote the EmpowerWomen.org online platform when engaging in dialogue with any stakeholders about their role in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. Our work will encourage all stakeholders to consider corporate commitment to the Principles when making decisions about which businesses, organizations or governments to partner with or to procure from.

BPW Canada, following discussions with the UN Women and UN Global Compact Women’s Empowerment Team determined that much could be gained by broadening efforts beyond the UN WEPs focus on large corporations to include collaboration with small business owners, civil society organizations, government representatives across our nation, and individuals.  

Watch this Video to see why businesses leaders support the 7 Women's Empowerment Principles.

 

 


 

In keeping with our mandate BPW Canada commends the collaboration between the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact for their efforts to bring the business case for gender equity to the forefront.

The Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are a set of principles for businesses offering guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

BPW Canada, inspired by the BPW International Project WEPs campaign has made the WEPs a top organizational priority and we invite all stakeholders in Canada to demonstrate their support for the WEPs and encourage business leaders to implement them to demonstrate their commitment to gender equality in Canada.

The empowerwomen.org is an a on-line global movement for women's economic empowerment where you can connect-contribute & colaborate.

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 What are the WEPs?

WEPs Vision:        WEPs Objective:

Transform corporate behavior and intentionally position gender and women empowerment as essential core business objectives.

 

Motivate and guide business to take wide ranging actions to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community and to view such action as an integral and necessary part of corporate sustainability.

 

The Women's Empowerment Principles - Equality Means Business initiative provides seven steps that companies, government and civil society can take to empower women in the workplace and the market place. They were launched by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Global Compact following a multi-stakeholder consultative process in which BPW International was an active participant.

 
freda Miriklis      BPW International inspired by the WEPs
introduced the Project WEPs Campaign
to promote and bring awareness to the
potential of moving Women’s
Empowerment to the top of the agenda
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      Liz Benham                                             

 

The 7 Principles are:

  1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality. 

  2. Treat all women and men fairly at work - respect support human rights and non-discrimination.

  3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers.

  4. Promote education, training and professional development for women.

  5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women.

  6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy.

  7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality.

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Learn More About Women's Empowerment in Canada

BPW Canada is pleased to assist corporations with 10 or more employees to take the important first step in signing the UN Global Compact and UN Women Women’s Empowerment Principles CEO Statement of Support.

In addition, BPW Canada encourages other stakeholders to demonstrate their support for Women’s Empowerment by signing the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women statement of support.

BPW Canada Women's Empowerment Introductory Letter

Become a Signatory to the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women

Become a UN Global Compact/UN Women WEPs CEO Signatory

Benefits to joining the Women's Empowerment Movement

Women's Empowerment Resource Page

Why Women's Empowerment and Why Now?

Women's Empowerment Women's Empowerment Self-assessment tool

Canadian Coalition to Empower Women Signatories Quotes

A Guide to Launching a National Strategy to Empower Women

 

Contact a Women's Empowerment Implementation Coach: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

BPW Club Resources to support Women's Empowerment in your Community

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Who We Are

The Canadian Coalition to Empower Women was formed to advance equality between women and men, girls and boys in Canada; recognizing it is essential to build strong economies, establish more stable and just societies, and improve the quality of life for all women, men and their families in communities across Canada. 

Our Goal

Grounded in the Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and leveraging the empowerwomen.org platform for change we;

  • Start the dialogue by acknowledging that it will take all of us and all interested parties from every stakeholder group to make gender equality a reality in Canada,
  • Build partnerships with businesses of all sizes, government at all levels, and all other stakeholders including civil society, community service, business and labour organizations,
  • Explore and promote awareness of the benefits of gender equality,
  • Promote Women’s Economic Empowerment Community Building events and activities
  • Invite all interested parties to become signatories to the CCEW Statement of Support
  • Introduce the UN Global Compact and UN Women CEO WEPs Statement of Support to medium and large businesses that meet the UN WEPs criteria and assist with their submission.

BPW Canada Brochure

Download the BPW Canada Brochure Here.

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 The Club handbook can be downloaded from the Members Menu.  Please log in.

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Projects & Partners

Projects

Supporters

 

KIVA Challenge

KIVA is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network or microfinance institutions, KIVA lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

 

One of BPW Saskatoon's members proposed a challenge in which BPW clubs across the country would get involved with KIVA and help make the world a better place through lending. For more details on the challenge, and how to make it work, please read “KIVA report for BPW Saskatoon” submitted by Gerlinde, July 2010 and/or visit the KIVA website.

 

Athena Awards

BPW Saskatoon has been awarding Athena Awards since 2001 and the Athena Young Professional Leadership Award since 2010.

 BPW Canada encourages all BPW clubs to participate in this worthwhile program. Here is a quick overview of what the awards are:

 The Athena® Award celebrates the potential of all women as valued members and leaders of the community and recognizes those who support them. The Athena® Award honours individuals who strive toward the highest levels of professional accomplishments...women and men who excel in their chosen field, have devoted time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and who have opened paths so that others may follow.

 The Athena Young Professional Leadership Award actively supports and celebrates the ATHENA mission of supporting, developing and honouring women leaders, inspiring women to achieve their full potential-creating balance and leadership worldwide. The Athena Young Professional Leadership Award honours emerging leaders who strive toward the highest levels of personal and professional accomplishment, who excel in their chosen field, devote time and energy to their community in a meaningful way, and serve as a role model for young women. Recipients must be between the ages of 21 and 35 and meet specific criteria.

 

For further information on both awards, including criteria, please visit the Athena Foundation website.

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For any inquiries regarding any of BPW Canada's programs & projects, please contact our Programs & Projects Chair: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


 Partnerships

 

Up For Debate

BPW Canada is a proud supporter/partner of the Up For Debate Campaign 2015. An alliance of over 100 women’s organizations and their allies from across Canada united in raising awareness about women’s rights in the lead up to the 2015 federal election. Up for Debate calls on all political parties to commit to a federal leaders’ debate on issues identified by women – the first in 30 years, and to make meaningful commitments to change women’s lives for the better, at home and abroad by:

  • Ending violence against women
  • Ending women’s economic inequality
  • Supporting women’s leadership and organizations

Click here to visit their website

Equal Pay Coalition of Ontario

The Equal Pay Coalition was formed in 1976 as a coalition of organizations to seek the implementation of equal pay for work of equal value both through legistlation and collective bargaining. The Coalition has over 39 constituent and partner groups which represent Ontario women and men who support equal pay for work of equal value.

Click HERE to visit their website.

Equal Voice

Equal Voice is a group of women and men who are deeply concerned about Canadian politics and have formed a multi-partisan, non-profit organization. The mission of Equal Voice is to promote the election of more women to all levels of government and ultimately, change the face of Canadian politics. Chapters exist in most provinces.

 At the BPW Canada AGM in Ottawa, July 2011, a resolutions was passed stating:

 

THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED that BPW Canada urge the Government of Canada to enact legislation requiring political parties to ensure that women occupy at least 50% of each parties candidate list and that women be in at least 40% of the electable positions.”

 

BPW Canada supports the good work of Equal Voice and will explore and promote collaboration with this organization and encourage partnerships across each province.

 Collaboration may involve the following:

  • become and sustain a membership ($50) at the National level

  • encourage provincial organizations to become members

  • encourage the local BPW clubs to invite representatives of Equal Voice to one of the meetings to speak about the services offered by Equal Voice and how they can collaborate at the local level

  • give some financial support to this organization, or be a sponsor to special events (up to $500) so that our name and logos are linked with this organization

 Equal Voice is planning to provide opportunities for discussions about the issues, and also provide training on the steps involved in getting nominated and then run for office. The individual chapter are at various levels in each province.

 

Click here to visit the Equal Voice website.

 

Voice of Women for Peace (VOW)

Established in 1960, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace is a non-partisan, non-governmental organization (NGO) comprised of a network of diverse women with consultative status at the United Nations ECOSOC. For over 50 years, VOW has provided a means for women to exercise responsibility for the promotion of world peace and justice, through education of themselves and others to take an equal part in the democratic process of decision making; and to cooperate with women throughout the world to create the mutual respect and understanding necessary for the peaceful resolution of international conflict.

For information email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone: (416) 603-7915

Join VOW on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/VOWPeace?fref=ts and/or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/VOWPeace

Women of Influence 

A great organization that promote's women in the business world. They provide a plethora of services, as well as a magazine. They provide Marketing & Advertising for women run businesses. They do this by hosting 20 events across Canada throughout the year under different brands. They have an advancement centre to promote professional business women across Canada and many more services.

The organization offers a free subscription to all BPW members across Canada!

Click here to check out their website.

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