Women’s Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business

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Women’s Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business

Pickering, ON, May 15, 2012 — The Business and Professional Women of Durham (BPW Durham), a local chapter of The Canadian Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW Canada), announces their participation in BPW Canada’s Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP) Initiative. BPW is recognized by United Nations Global Compact Office as one of the first NGO’s to acknowledge the importance of being a part of the international multi-stakeholder consultation process. With its network of Federations and Clubs around the world, BPW is in the perfect position to work collaboratively with their Governments, CEOs and Civil Society to bring a renewed vigilance to an “Equality Means Business” culture.

The WEP initiativebegins with promoting awareness with our governmental representatives, business and civil society leaders. Members of Parliament who recognize that Canada’s economic outlook is closely tied to how effectively we leverage all of our national talent can play an important role in bringing about an “Equality Means Business” mindset. Supporting BPW Canada WEP efforts begins with becoming an informed Signatory to the WEP’s Statement of Support. To further promote the WEP’s 7 Principles in the Canadian workplace and in our executive boardrooms, BPW Durham will be conducting consultations with government at all levels and local business leaders and encourage CEOs in our community to become signatories.

The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the UN Global Compact (UNGC) called on the business community to implement recruitment and retention practices that advance women’s empowerment and inclusion and urged them to proactively appoint women as managers, executives and board members. The call for action is part of the Women’s Empowerment Principles – Equality Means Business, seven steps for companies to take to empower women in the workplace. “Gender equality is not only a basic human right, but as business, economic and development experts now agree, empowering women fuels economies and social progress.” Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director, UN Women. The Principles were launched March 9, 2010 at a day-long conference with international business leaders organized by UNIFEM and UNGC.

The Business and Professional Women’s Club of Durham advocates for women’s issues and improving the status of women in business, the professions and in industry. We do this by: creating connections, offering forums for discussion and debate of current issues of concern, as well as providing methods of positive change through our community, our provincial, national, and international BPW Chapters. BPW Durham offers to develop leadership skills, and relationships, both personal and professional.

For more information contact:
Renée Munro, BPW Durham Promotions Chair

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