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BPW International. Freda Miriklis, 2nd Vice President Chair UN Committee Status of Women. Women and poverty Education and training of women Women and health Violence against women Women and armed conflict Women and the economy. Women in power and decision-making

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BPW International

Freda Miriklis, 2nd Vice President Chair UN Committee Status of Women

beijing platform for action
Women and poverty

Education and training of women

Women and health

Violence against women

Women and armed conflict

Women and the economy

Women in power and decision-making

Institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women

Human rights of women

Women and the media

Women and the environment

The girl child

Beijing Platform for Action

BPW International

Freda Miriklis, 2nd Vice President Chair UN Committee Status of Women

linking our un advocacy to bpw
How do we focus our UN advocacy on issues of relevance to business and professional women?

How do we empower women to change how business is conducted?

The Women’s Empowerment Principles – (WEPs)

The UN Global Compact introduced in 2000

Calvert Women’s Principles developed in 2004 but not implemented

Partnership between UNIFEM and Global Compact develops WEPs through multi-stakeholder consultation; launch March 2010

BPW International finds WEPs highly relevant to BPW’s agenda

Linking our UN advocacy to BPW

BPW International

Freda Miriklis, 2nd Vice President Chair UN Committee Status of Women

women s empowerment principles
The WEPs require businesses to:

treat all fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination

secure the health, safety and well-being of all workers

promote education, training and professional development for women

ensure women's participation in corporate management and governance

implement supply chain, enterprise development and marketing policies and practices that empower women

promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy

measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality

Women’s Empowerment Principles

BPW International

Freda Miriklis, 2nd Vice President Chair UN Committee Status of Women

women s empowerment principles1
The Women’s Empowerment Principles are a basket that contains many of the issues that BPW clubs are already working on such as:

Equal Pay Day

Paid maternity leave

Violence in the workplace

Harnessing emotional intelligence

Equal representation in decision-making

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What other policies is your civil society organisation working on that also belong in the WEPs basket?

Women’s Empowerment Principles

BPW International

Freda Miriklis, 2nd Vice President Chair UN Committee Status of Women

the female economy harvard business review article
Women now drive the world economy*

Globally, they control about $20 trillion in annual consumer spending, and that figure could climb as high as $28 trillion in the next five years

Total yearly earnings of $13 trillion could reach $18 trillion in the same period

In aggregate, women represent a growth market bigger than China and India combined—more than twice as big

Harvard Business Review Article

*The Female Economy by Michael J.Silverstein and Kate Sayre

The Female EconomyHarvard Business Review Article

BPW International

Freda Miriklis, 2nd Vice President Chair UN Committee Status of Women

better bottom line more women in leadership stronger financial returns
The US research organisation Catalyst, and McKinsey & Company have delivered the first studies suggesting a link between gender balance and performance

The Catalyst Report reveals:

Fortune 500 companies with 3 or more women on the Board gain a significant performance advantage over those with the fewest

RETURN ON EQUITY:

+ 73% return on sales

+ 83% return on equity

+ 112% return on invested capital

*CATALYST REPORT: Linking Performance and Gender Balance on the Board

Better Bottom lineMore women in leadership = stronger financial returns

BPW International

Freda Miriklis, 2nd Vice President Chair UN Committee Status of Women

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According to Catalyst, the average percentage of board directorships held by women is just:

9.7% in Europe and

15% in the U.S.

BPW International

Freda Miriklis, 2nd Vice President Chair UN Committee Status of Women

norway is blazing the trail
It passed legislation in 2003 mandating that public companies address gender imbalance on their boards with the requirement that women hold 40% of the board seats by 2008.

Five years later, Norway now boasts unprecedented board representation for women - 44.2% in 2008

Norway is blazing the trail

BPW International

Freda Miriklis, 2nd Vice President Chair UN Committee Status of Women

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Sweden has a comparable equality measure already in place.

Spain also passed similar legislation in 2007 (Tarzian, 2007). The Spanish government gave companies eight years to increase the gender balance with the goal of 40-60% representation

50% of the government's ministers are women

Australia and New Zealand are currently considering gender parity legislation

BPW International

Freda Miriklis, 2nd Vice President Chair UN Committee Status of Women

women s political leadership
A nation driven by conflict….

The lower house of parliament in Rwanda is 55% female, the highest in the world

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and other female leaders provide a laboratory for the positive change that is possible when women achieve critical mass in political leadership

India convenes it’s first all women’s parliament

Women’s political leadership

BPW International

Freda Miriklis, 2nd Vice President Chair UN Committee Status of Women

dr pam rajput
Convenor, Women's Parliament  Project 

Executive Director of Women's Resource and Advocacy Centre, India

Vice President, National Alliance of Women (NAWO)

Convenor, South Asia Women's Watch (SAWW)

Dr Pam Rajput

BPW International

Freda Miriklis, 2nd Vice President Chair UN Committee Status of Women

secretary of state addresses gender
In her speech on gender on the 6th of January, Hilary Clinton, acknowledged that “women and girls are one of the world’s greatest untapped resources

She characterised women as “the most responsible for growing the world’s food, caring for the world’s sick and raising the world’s children”

This clearly highlights the enormity of the problem – and the opportunity for real solutions…

Secretary of State addresses gender

BPW International

Freda Miriklis, 2nd Vice President Chair UN Committee Status of Women

reframing the a gender
The Gates Foundation

Exxon Mobil

Ernst and Young

Goldman Sachs

The Nike Foundation

And many others integrating gender considerations into the collective conversations

Reframing the A-Gender

BPW International

Freda Miriklis, 2nd Vice President Chair UN Committee Status of Women

a bold plan to impose gender equality
In a bill submitted to the French parliament during December, all companies listed on the Paris stock exchange would have to ensure female employees made up 50% of their board members by 2015.

If passed, a gradual implementation of the law would see businesses obliged to have women in 20% of board seats within 18 months, and 40% within four years.

A bold plan to impose gender equality

BPW International

Freda Miriklis, 2nd Vice President Chair UN Committee Status of Women

gender issues at davos
World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, considered the Gender Agenda

A special televised debate challenged two teams of global business leaders to move beyond good intentions to effective action

“Rethink, Redesign, Rebuild and Reframe….”

Gender Issues at Davos

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Freda Miriklis, 2nd Vice President Chair UN Committee Status of Women

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Studies consistently show that companies with a high number of female directors and managers exhibit outperformance

Greater ‘Gender Diversity’ can reduce the risk inherent in ‘group-think’ and the male tendency towards excessive risk-taking

Women are substantially under-represented at boardroom and management level

BPW International

Freda Miriklis, 2nd Vice President Chair UN Committee Status of Women

elizabeth broderick
Australian Government

Sex Discrimination Commissioner and Commissioner responsible for Age Discrimination

strong advocate for Australia’s national paid parental leave scheme and more recently has championed the changes to the ASX Corporate Governance Principles to increase the number of women at decision making level.

Elizabeth Broderick

BPW International

Freda Miriklis, 2nd Vice President Chair UN Committee Status of Women

women s leadership fund
Warren Buffett said he ‘was privileged to work during a period when it was only necessary to compete against half of the population’

Naissance Capital believes that they can earn higher returns, and fulfil an important social objective, by  investing in companies demonstrating ‘best practices’ with regard to Gender Diversity and

By investing in firms which understand the need for greater female representation, and taking an activist stance against those which do not.

Women's Leadership Fund

BPW International

Freda Miriklis, 2nd Vice President Chair UN Committee Status of Women

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http://www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?play=1&video=1407973482

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Freda Miriklis, 2nd Vice President Chair UN Committee Status of Women

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Addressing both the challenges and opportunities associated with the gender gaps will require concerted efforts by governments, businesses and civil society organizations across the world.

Best practice exchange, partnerships and collective problem-solving among these groups will be crucial.

Future research will be needed to develop a clearer understanding of the policies that are successful and those that are not.

BPW International

Freda Miriklis, 2nd Vice President Chair UN Committee Status of Women

belinda pyke
European Commission

DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal opportunities

Director for Equality between Men/Women, Action against

discrimination, Civil Society

Belinda Pyke

BPW International

Freda Miriklis, 2nd Vice President Chair UN Committee Status of Women