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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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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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