BPW Australia is a national organisation that focuses on the rights of women in relation to the world of work. BPW members – business and professional women, young women preparing their careers and women who have completed their working lives but remain committed to the organisations aims – share an interest in social justice and equity for all women, in Australia and across the globe.
Equity for women in the workplace and the social and economic empowerment of women bring socio-economic benefits not only to the individual woman but to her family, the community and the nation, increasing positive productivity and growth.
However gender inequity is still deeply entrenched in every society. From access to decent work, health care and education, to occupational segregation and the growing gender wage gap, women in all parts of the world see their rights eroded and their ability to contribute undermined. And while women are significantly under-represented in political, social and economic decision-making processes in almost every country in the world, this is unlikely to change.
Women working together
BPW Australia’s projects, programs and campaigns focus on issues that affect women and work such as pay equity, childcare, representation, superannuation, scholarships for young women in school and university, and workplace violence. BPW also partners with other organisations on projects including International Women’s Day and the Women’s Empowerment Principles.
Through meetings and events, newsletters, personal and professional development programs and other initiatives, BPW connects and empowers women who aspire to do more. The BPW community includes women in a variety of organisations – from small and medium-sized businesses through to large multinational corporations, as well as women no longer in paid work and savvy entrepreneurs running their own show. BPW members range in age from 15 – 85, come from all industries, with many areas of expertise and experience.
Making gender matter
BPW members have the opportunity to influence government decisions on issues important to women by lobbying for legislative change, developing their own skills and experience in the process. BPW takes action to achieve women’s rights in social, economic, community and political terms.
BPW lobbies government at all levels and consult with business, industry and organisations to provide a gender perspective on key issues. BPW has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and participatory status with the Council of Europe. Members include influential women leaders, entrepreneurs, business owners, executives, professionals and young career women.
Helping women achieve
The organisations focus is on leadership, advocacy, and personal and professional development.
BPW encourages its members to take advantage of the leadership opportunities in clubs as well as nationally and internationally. BPW also provides support and skills development for women seeking leadership positions in the workplace and in communities.
BPW advocates for all working women, both employers and employees. The organisation has lobbied on Paid Maternity Leave, Equal Pay, childcare and early childhood learning, taxation, superannuation and are a lead agent of Economic Security 4 Women, an alliance reporting to federal government.
BPW offers a secure environment for women to learn from one another, though mentoring as well as collaborative projects. Clubs also host guest speakers and run seminars for business and professional development. BPW facilitates member access to leadership and skills development courses in a range of subjects.
BPW enables women to develop strong networks locally and nationally, as well as taking advantage of BPW’s international connections. Network members share similar goals and challenges, and can rely on BPW’s community of like-minded women for encouragement, support and inspiration.