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Participants :

  • Karin Raguin, BPW Europe Coordinator
  • Emanuela Heyninck, Pay Equity Office Ontario, Canada
  • Sarah Lillemeier, Duisburg-Essen University
  • Martina Schraudner, Center for Responsible Research and Innovation


  • Non discrimination systems have been introduced in many national laws, however the pay gap is still a reality : 24% on average worldwide, and there is not one country where men and women are paid equally.
  • There are efficient methodologies to measure the pay gap (job to job, proportional value)
  • BPW urge companies and governments to implement gender pay gap strategy
  • Action plans means: rebalance direct discriminations (equal pay for equal job), but also make sure that the value of the job are equal (e.g : nurse / policeman) and that women benefit from the same career opportunities and education programmes.


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The second  Young Symposium in Tallinn was a great success.


The topic of the second Young BPW Symposium was 'Leaders of the Future' and the participants came from all over Europe.

It was great to have the international President and both vice-presidents at the second Young BPW Symposium in Tallinn. The program included interesting panels, very useful workshops from the new BPW Leadership training, networking and the Young Girls night out. And the participants also created the following video. about leaders of the future.




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Nov 21 2014 in Paris Gabriella Canonica (Past VP BPW International) & Karin Raguin (BPW Europe Coordinator)

celebrated the 100th birthday of Wally Karveno in Paris with BPW France members Christiane Robichon (PBW France President) hosted the ceremony at Guerlain restaurant in the
Champs Elysées, with the presence of Marie Claure Machon (BPW Representative at UNESCO). Wally has been a women rights activist, a famous pianist, a writer ("Mme Quelqu'un")
- she is an inspiring role model, a women with so many dimensions and a great amount of humour & energy.

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15th November 2014: Kick-Off Day in Zurich for the European Conference 2016

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From left to right:
Shennah Kim, Member Young BPW Switzerland, Maria Socratous, Young BPW Representative BPW Europe, Fabienne Brunner, Young BPW Representative BPW Switzerland


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President of European Platform of Women Scientists Honoured with Order of Merit
of the Federal Republic of Germany for
pioneering work in the promotion of women in science

Dr Brigitte Mühlenbruch, the President of the European Platform of Women Scientists, has been honoured with the Order of Merit 1st Class of the Federal Republic of Germany in acknowledgement of her pioneering work in the promotion of women in science at national as well as European level. She received the Order of Merit by the German Federal President Joachim Gauck himself in Berlin on 6 October 2014 on the occasion of the Day of German Unity.

Brigitte Mühlenbruch worked as a scientist at the University of Bonn for almost 20 years before becoming the University’s first Equal Opportunities Commissioner 1988-2000. Since the late 1980’s her research and concept development have focused on gender equality, gender mainstreaming, and programmes and processes regarding the recruitment and retention of female scientists in Germany as well as at the EU level. She was founder and long-term spokeswomen of the Federal Conference of Gender Equality Officers in Higher Education in Germany (BuKoF) 1992-1999 and co-founder and Vice President of the Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard-Foundation.

Brigitte Mühlenbruch initiated the Centre of Excellence Women and Science CEWS in Bonn and was its Managing Director 2000-2005, managing several research projects funded by the German government and the EU in the field of gender equality in science. Under her leadership, CEWS drafted the winning proposal for the establishment of the European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS in Brussels and signed the contract with the European Commission in 2005. In her different capacities, Brigitte Mühlenbruch is member and scientific advisor of several high profile national and European scientific committees, commissions and expert groups.

The Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany is the highest tribute the Federal Republic of Germany can pay to individuals for services to the nation. The Order of Merit may be awarded to Germans as well as foreigners for achievements in the political, economic, social or intellectual realm and for all kinds of outstanding services to the nation in the field of social, charitable or philanthropic work. No pecuniary reward is attached.


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Well knowned pianist Wally Karveno celebrating her 100th anniversary ! She has been BPW member i n Paris, lived in Germany & Brussels and published "Madame Quelqu'un".

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Opening of the official Twinning Ceremony BPW Basel and BPW Nicosia, 11th September 2014 in Nicosia, Cyprus


Visit Website of BPW Nicosia here:

Watch the video:



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BPW Europe Coordinator 2014 - 2017



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Under the leadership of Tatjana Gaspar, President of Zurich Club, and in presence of Rosmarie Michel, Past International President of BPW, Karin Raguin attended an enthousiastic lunch in Zurich On August 29th. Around the table: a blend of talents, generations and energies - a great illustration of BPW diversity and modernity. With app. 300 members BPW Zurich is one of the biggest club around the world !





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In Berlin to partecipate in the work of the new ECC, with Alexandra the finance officer from Berlin , Karin the Coordinator from Paris, Maria the Young representative from Cyprus and Pinella the secretary from Livorno. A special "mascotte " : the little Vincent, the true treasure of Alexandra!

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New Website of BPW Europe launched at the Regional Meeting in Jeju

Before the congress starts each region has a regional meeting for all participants of the region. The room of the regional Meeting of Europe was completely full.


Besides of the report of the Regional Coordinator Sabine Schmelzer and the ECC Secretary Guiseppa Bombaci about the activities and achievements in the last 3 years, all present Federation Presidents informed about the highlights of the last year in their country. This was a good expchange of good practices. The main activity was Equal Pay Day that was organized in 25 countries in our region in 2014.


At this meeting the new BPW Europe website with the new Design was launched:


We thank our Webmaster, Ari Canonica, for his excellent work within the last weeks to finish the relaunch before Jeju.


Sabine SchmelzerGiuseppa Bombaci

Regional Coordinator Sabine Schmelzer and ECC Secretary Giuseppa Bombaci giving their reports.


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At the presidents’ meeting in Brussels in May 2013 the new taskforce “European Lobbying” was officially approved. The main goals of our taskforces are: establishing a lobbying network and raise awareness for lobbying amongst Europe’s federations and clubs. At present we focus on two topics: equal pay for equal work and female presence on corporate boards. Since July a group of 4 women has been working on setting up the taskforce and making contacts with major organizations already working on the two topics (e.g. European Commission, European Economic and Social Committee). 


Further short term objectives are:

  • to produce relevant contacts amongst decision makers and interest groups
  • to create a calendar with all important events taking place in Brussels on our core topics
  • to write four summaries of our activity for BPW Europe’s newsletter or blog
  • to provide lobbying material for BPW Europe’s federations and adhered clubs

We also will participate actively at some events to strengthen our ties to those organizations and promote the vision and mission of BPW.


Susana Binder + Daniela Rigassi

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At the national conference of BPW Poland on 5 October in Poznan, the Equal Pay Day campaign was officially launched for the next year.

BPW Europe Regional Coordinator Sabine Schmelzer highlighted the Equal Pay Day activities in Europe and worldwide and the Minister of Gender Equality presented the situation in Poland. 

BPW Poland already organized an Equal Pay Day event in 2011 and will now continue in the next years.


One challenge will be to define the correct Equal Pay Day date, as the official percentage of the gender pay gap does not show the real pay gap. 





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