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BPW International (BPWI) 2017 - 2020 Triennium

Amany Asfour
Dr. Amany Asfour
BPW International President: 2017 - 2020

BPW International

BPW International President's Message
Empowering Women to Realize the Sustainable Development Goals

Excerpt: "If our founder Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips were here today, she would be very proud to see BPW growing and continuing to advocate for gender equality, as well as empowering women on all platforms. It brings me great pleasure to see BPW sisters celebrating our 88th Anniversary with pride, embracing diversity and inclusion, uniting the world through our strength and committing to achieve a global agenda under our 2017-2020 triennium theme: Empowering Women to realize the Sustainable Development Goals. Complete Message.

BPW International Candle Lighting

BPW International's President's Message
Candle Lighting Ceremony 2020

Wish and Dream
For our 90th Anniversary Theme
The BPW We Want

"My very dear BPW sisters across the Globe

It gives me a great honor to address you all in this great tradition of our candlelight Ceremony with my message for 2020.
As 2020 marks the 90th Anniversary of BPW International, the 25th Anniversary of Beijing Conference for Women and the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations which will be under the theme of, 'The Future We Want, the UN We Need: Reaffirming our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism'. So in our 90th Anniversary we are aspiring to have the BPW that we want...Read More

 BPW International Projects

"At Congress 2014 a resolution for the renewal of the BPW International Committees, Taskforces and Projects was adopted. A final proposition will be submitted at Congress 2020. During the PILOT phase (2014-2020) new tools such as the "BPW International Member Projects and Experts" were established. Projects which are recognized by BPW International provide the leaders with more visibility and importance.

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Amany Asfour, BPW International President (2017 - 2020): "It gives me a great pleasure and honor to launch the BPW International Projects Booklet that includes BPW affiliates projects showing the contribution of the BPW affiliates to the Global Agenda of the World of the Sustainable Development Goals. It also shows our contribution to the Sustainable Development of our BPW International organization."

Click here to visit the Projects' website. The website includes a list of Experts, including BPW Canada's Jenny Gulamani-Abdulla (BPW Calgary). Jenny is listed as an Expert in the topics of Legislation, Society, Politics, Advocacy and UN, Partnerships, Cooperation.

Daniela Rigassi, a member of BPW Switzerland and administrator for BPW International's Pilot Program on projects (2014-2020 pilot), provides an overview of BPW projects and how you can register your own as part of the program, click here.


"Renewal of the organization of Committees:

A Resolution or an Amendment to the Constitution will suggest new structures which will replace the former Committees not headed by Executive Board Members to create much more efficient structures and services. The project-performances of all our Federations and Clubs cannot longer be ignored and must become visible so that the international Executive Board can choose the different experts for specific tasks. To obtain valuable results the Project Chair and the Members must be on the same page and the current terms are not necessarily the best timeframe for specific tasks....

The Amendment to the Constitution or Resolution will be discussed on this platform one year before Congress 2020.

All members who are convinced that the old structures need to be replaced by new, better adapted and much more efficient ones are requested to promote and to support the new proposition before and at Congress."


"Through the EVALUATION 2017 of the new services implemented by the Resolution 2014 an important gap was discovered. Why use only the overflow which means the projects of single members and let them profit from the leverage of BPW International? Why ignore the main performances of our organization, the many projects which are organized by Clubs and Federations? Previously, the Presidents of Federations and Associated Clubs have mentioned different projects in their Annual Reports which disappeared without special recognition in the archives. Therefore, a new tool will be established, the BPW Federation & Club Projects which will collect and install the projects done by Federations and Clubs. The collection of the Project titles done by Federations and Clubs is a basic and imperative tool not only for BPW International but for all organizational levels and members." ~ Source

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BPW Canada and the BPW International Taskforces
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  • BPW Canada Immediate Past-President, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (BPW Calgary member) is chair fo the BPW International's Women Migrants and Global Citizenship Taskforce.  
    • Click here to view/download the Women Migrants and Global Citizenship Taskforce Terms of Reference to demonstrate the direct focus on the relevant SDG targets, the approach for implementation of those targets as well as the roles and responsibilities of this particular taskforce. 

  • BPW London member, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., is chair of BPW International's Human Trafficking Taskforce.

BPW International has several Taskforces chaired by BPW members across the globe. Click here to view a list of BPW International's Taskforces.

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BPW International and the International Trade Centre


The International Trade Centre (ITC) is fully dedicated to supporting the internationalization of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It enables SMEs in developing and transition economies to become more competitive and connect to international markets for trade and investment, thus raising incomes and creating job opportunities, especially for women, young people, and poor communities. Established in 1964, the International Trade Centre, is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations.

itc sheTradesBPW International collaborates with ITC to promote “SheTrades” to create greater opportunities for women entrepreneurs and encourage BPW members to register, connect and trade with women-owned businesses.

SheTrades Global Initiative

  • SheTrades is ITC’s flagship initiative to empower women economically through trade.
  • Goal: Connect 1 million women to the market by 2020 through partnerships to build their skills and link them to trade and investment opportunities.
  • Plan: Influence change across seven pillars of action to expand opportunities for women entrepreneurs.
  • Web and Mobile Application: Enable women entrepreneurs to showcase their businesses, find partners, access trade information, and connect with markets on a free-to-use web and SheTrades mobile application.

Click here for more information on BPWI and ITC.

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North American and Caribbean Region

BPW Canada is a member of the North American and Caribbean Region of BPW International.


Dawne E. Williams
BPW International Regional Coordinator: 2017 - 2020
North America and the Caribbean Region

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BPW International Young BPW

BPW International executive includes a Young BPW Representative who represents the interests of those under 35 years of age.  If you're 35 or younger this may be of great interest to you.  Visit BPW International's Young BPW Web.

BPW International North America and the Caribbean Region's Young BPW Representative is Angelina Gracy Sookoo.


Young BPW International Representative: 2017 - 2020


Celebrate the UN's 75th: Join BPW Canada President, Linda Davis and BPW International President, Amany Asfour - Add Your Photo.

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In October 2020, the United Nations will celebrate it's 75th anniversary.  In order to reach as many people as possible, the UN has built partnerships with youth, civil society, business and media organizations. More than ever, your voice matters.

Add your photo to one of the UN's photo filters that carry the keywords from the UN Charter – also celebrating its 75th anniversary this year – and share with your friends on your social media platforms using the hashtag #UN75 and #canadabpw.

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BPW International & UN

BPW International and United Nations

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The Most Important Network

Under the emblem of the United Nations, BPW Representatives work
for different committees and organizations.

UN75 People's Forum 2020

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The Future We Want, The UN We Need: UN75 People’s Forum – Draft Concept Note: "Coordinated by UN2020 and Together First, the UN75 People’s Forum for the UN We Need will bring together civil society and other stakeholders online to adopt a declaration on the occasion of the UN’s 75th anniversary. The declaration will reflect their commitment to the principles expressed in the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and to the objectives set out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which draws on several seminal declarations, treaties and programmes of work adopted in previous years." Read More...


UN75 People’s Declaration
and Plan for Global Action

UN75 People's Forum, Day 1 (May 14, 2020)

UN75 People's Forum, Day 2 (May 15, 2020)

UN2020 YouTube Channel

BPWI President Amany Interview

Global Goals

BPW Makes a World of Difference

BPWI President Amany Asfour: Candle Lighting Ceremony 2018

BPW International 2017 - 2020 Theme


CSW History & Explanation

Young BPW International

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BPW International (BPWI) at BPW Canada Convention, August 2018

Young BPWI Rep: Neelima Basnet - Nepal, BPWI President: Dr. Amany Asfour - Egypt, North America and the Caribbean Regional Co-Ordinator: Dawne E. Williams - St. Kitts


Two Women, Two Stories

North American and Caribbean Regional 2018

BPW Canada: 2018 Regional Conference, Orlando, Florida

Flag Procession

BPWC Regional 2018