Young BPW

Young BPW are BPW members who are 35 years old or younger.  Our young business and professional women have opportunities to develop their professional leadership and business potential through advocacy, mentoring, networking, skill building and economic empowerment programs and projects around the world.  They can also gain hand on leadership experience as they also served on the BPW Executives at International, Regional and national levels.

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August 2019

1-1-1 Mentorship Program
Hong Kong


Hong Kong Association of Business and Professional Women (BPWHK), initiated 1-1-1 mentorship program. The 3-tier mentorship programme consists of seasoned mentors in the society on entrepreneurship, women’s empowerment, politics, etc; our member as facilitators; and a younger generation from universities. Through this mentorship programme, we would like to strengthen the theme of International Women’s Day 2019 - #BalanceForBetter; to generate more social innovative ideas and action plans for the betterment of Hong Kong; as well as to liaise with other organizations and associations to raise the awareness on women empowerment and gender equality. Therefore, the team of three will work on a proposal that aims at tackling a social challenge together and pitch their ideas on the pitching day scheduled for October 2019.

Reported by Sindy Leung

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22 June 2019

Increase the Young female leadership inside the companies
Monza, Lombardy Region, Italy

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The event was organized by 5 BPW Italy chapters, supporting SDGs#5 on "Gender Equality" for reaching the following goals: “Increase the Young female leadership inside the companies.”

Break down the cultural stereotypes, especially in industries in which the male management is almost 100% such as financial markets and metal. Suggest the way to be a good female leader. The title has a double meaning, on one side is representative of one of the segments in which the male rate at the top management is at one of the highest level; on the other hand steel women (Donne d’Acciaio) are the image of resilience.

Reported by Alice Minuto



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3-6 June 2019

Women Delivers 2019 Conference
Vancouver, Canada

The Conference was held every 3 years in Canada. Women Deliver 2019 has a focus on power, and how it can drive – or hinder – progress and change for women and girls. Gender equality activists from around the world attended this event to share what they are doing to help. There were performances, panels and launch parties for various initiatives, even Canada used the conference to announce a new funding model to support women's equality globally.

Pioneers in Skirts, directed by Young BPW USA member, Ashley Maria, and produced by BPW member Lea-Ann W. Berst, screened at this event. The Women Deliver Film Festival hand-picked socially conscience films that will energize conference attendees and provide them with a tool they can use for achieving their goals. It was an honor to share Pioneers in Skirts with the world's change makers!

Reported by Ashley Maria



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24-26 May 2019

Young BPW European Symposium
Galway, Ireland

During the BPW 16th European conference at Galway, young BPW symposium was also organized with more than 30 young members from Europe and Nepal. The theme for the conference was “Nothing without peace” P-People, E- Education, A-Ambition, C-Communication, E- Environment. It was great opportunity to listen and meet great speakers, learn from informative workshop and enjoy the wonderful gala dinner, farewell dinner and young BPW night out. Young members had the opportunity to meet the BPW International executive board members and share information and their experiences.



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April 2019

Young Women: Changemakers
Wellington, New Zealand

A networking event hosted and moderated by Young BPW NZ, Siobhan Dilly, to meet with other young women to share and be inspired about the potential of young women in our world.

Panelists - Vicky Mee (BPW NZ IPP), Vivien Johnson (Young BPW Asia-Pacific Representative 2017-2020) and Caroline Rawlinson (Eagle Technology Young Executive of the Year 2018, and Trademe CFO (Trademe is the largest listed company in New Zealand)

Reported by Vivien Johnson



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22 March 2019

Legal Awareness Program on Child Marriage
Bhume Rural Municipality, Rukum, Nepal

Young BPW Nepal conducted another round of Legal Awareness Program on child marriage in a place called Rukum, hidden amidst in the hills, which takes 36 hours just to reach, from the capital city. Child marriage being rampant in the village, we sensitized the participants about the legal requirements for a valid marriage, legal provisions that govern these issues, the aftereffects of early marriage, and their rights as well as corresponding duties. It was one in a series of our continuous movement towards reducing violence against women and children.

Reported by: Prakriti Magar



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March 2019

How to better understand the differences in working styles and techniques Workshop
Centennial Tower, Singapore

The event was graciously hosted by The Great Room Singapore, a hospitality inspired co-working space, that opened its second luxurious location at Centennial Tower. Aperian Global back for a workshop on how to better understand the differences in working styles and techniques on identifying these different styles.

Reported by Zoe Huang



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October 2017 – September 2018

Young BPW Annual Report
By Neelima Basnet, Young BPWI RepresentativeVideo of Neelima’s Journey


Youth of this world is about to inherit enormous responsibility to resolving many longstanding complex problems but still we have been excluded in participating in decision that will determine what our future looks like. That is why we have to participate in the policy making because it is only with right policies, engagement of young who are the largest generation in human history can be the problem-solving entrepreneurs and peace builders. In every civil and political movement, we have seen youth in the front so it’s high time we work as actors and stakeholders that can change the nation.

Click here for full Annual Report in .pdf ..>>

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Video of Neelima’s Journey

Watch this video of Neelima’s journey Oct 2017-Nov 2018 to see how BPW allows ordinary women to do extra ordinary at https://youtu.be/uNlkNFcOnuo

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31 October 2018

APRC 2018 Young BPW Breakfast with International President

During APRC 2018 in Bangkok, over 30 Young BPW members in Asia-Pacific including Neelima Basnet, Young BPW Representative and Vivien Johnson, Young BPW Asia-Pacific Representative enjoyed Breakfast with International President Dr. Amany Asfour. The total young BPW attended APRC 2018 was 50 members

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10-12 August 2018

46th Biennial National BPW Canada Convention 2018

BPW Canada marked the 70th Anniversary of UDHR at the Global Center for Pluralism in Ottawa during the opening ceremony of the 46th Biennial National BPW Canada Convention 2018 held during August 10-12.

Chief Commissioner Marie Claude Landry from the Canadian Human Rights Commission stressed the importance of collaboration and partnerships among stakeholders to promote human rights for all.

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12 August 2018

United Nations International Youth Day

The theme for United Nations International Youth Day 2018 was “Safe Space for Youth”. Youth need safe spaces where they can come together, engage in activities related to their diverse needs and interests, participate in decision-making processes and freely express themselves.

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5-7 July 2018

15th Annual International Human Rights Summit
Theme: 70th Anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948. In the past seven decades, we have seen the human rights movement and its violation in many places. The 70th Anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate its success and recommit ourselves to the principle outlined in the declaration’s 30 articles so that we can make human rights a fact and not an idealistic dream. The 70th Anniversary of the UDHR was the theme of the 15th Annual Human Rights Summit of Youth at United Nations. Youth from 53 countries gained knowledge and skills to fully implement human rights education in their countries.

“Breaking New Ground for Sustainable Development” was the theme of the 22nd session of the youth assembly at the United Nations. Delegates from more than 100 countries were present to promote mutual understanding and collaboration between young people and key stakeholders in global development to support the SDG’s of the United Nations.

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April 2018

The 5th Young BPW Europe Symposium in Vienna

Fifth young BPW European symposium was held from 27-29 April in Vienna, Austria. The theme of the Symposium, as a tribute to tradition of the city host, was S.I.S.S.I. for YBPW = Sharing Ideas, Skills, Strengths, Ingredients for Young Business and Professional Women.

On Friday April 27th, there was UNO City Guided Tour and then at the TU the Sky, there was a Q&A sessions about how BPW Europe works, its composition and offices.

On Saturday April 28th, the Symposium started officially. At the presence of the Presidents of BPW European countries, the Young representatives from each country gave short presentation about two important topics: 1) Activities carried out by Young members; 2) Brief description about how the Young Representatives are elected and their position with the national board.

Saturday evening was a marvelous night in the great frame of Rathauskeller, remembering the imperial nights where Sissi and Franz danced the waltz. On Sunday April 29, there were interesting workshops and discussion on various issues and showcased a flash mob at the end of the symposium.

It was an interesting event with BPW members from all over Europe and also from Malaysia and Nepal during the BPW Europe leaders’ summit and Young BPW Symposium at Vienna.

-- Reported by Neelima Basnet,
Young BPW Representative for BPW International

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April 2018

“The Mixer” by Young BPW Condordia, St. Martin

On April 8th 2018, Young BPW Concordia hosted its first public event in the form of a Mixer in St. Martin. The theme was a call for guests to “learn more about BPW association and to network with other like-minded young professional and business women in the community”. Over 25 invited guested attended. The Executive Board and Young BPW Representative Ms. Averdine Stephen explained the purpose of the club from an International perspective and emphasized on the regional and national impact of BPW club to empower the women. Guests expressed that they were attracted to event for this reason, especially post the effects of Hurricane Irma and how they can assist in the community. They also expressed interest to join BPW.

-- Reported by Angelina Gracy Sookoo, St. Kitt



11-23 March 2018

Young BPW at 62nd of UN Commission on Status of Women, New York

United Nations Commission on Status of Women 62nd session (CSW 62) was held from 11-23 March 2018 at New York. BPW International organized several side and parallel events and BPW members were speakers at various events. Many young BPW members also participated csw62 this year. President of BPW Japan, Masako Hiramatsu, also brought several young Japanese interns to attend CSW62.

To hear their experience click https://youtu.be/39FBdzCIeeg

CSW62 is the United Nations largest gathering on gender equality. This year more then 8,000 representatives from 1,121 civil society organizations came together to find ways to empower rural women at girls. The priority theme for CSW62, "Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls". Reflective of the CSW62 review theme "Participation and access of women to the media and the information and communication technologies and their impact on and use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women and girls".

NGO CSW62 forum events that Young BPW members participated in were:
1. Consultation day program
2. NGO Advocacy training
3. NGO Regional Caucus meeting
4. Parallel events
5. Side events
6. NGO Morning briefings
7. Youth dialogue

Young BPW members who wants to do internship for CSW in the future can contact BPW International Vice President United Nations, Catherine Bosshart at .

-- Reported by Neelima Basnet, Nepal
Young BPW Representative for BPW International



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9-10 March 2018

2018 BPW Leaders’ Summit 

The 10th BPW Leaders' Summit was held from 9-10 March 2018 at New York. Around 100 BPW members from 32 countries attended the summit. BPW International executives presented their priorities and action plan for the triennium. President Amany Asfour presented the 18 goals of BPW international, 17 UN SDGs + 1 "BPW sustainability". Brainstorming sessions was organized and the participants expressed creative ideas on sustainable development of BPW international. BPW members presented their projects and how their projects would empower women to realize sustainable development goals. Susan O'Malley, Chair of NGO CSW/ New York as well as Permanent Representative to United Nations for International Federation of Business and Professional Women also enlighten us about UN CSW 62nd Session and NGOs activities.

The annual Claire Fulcher's dinner of BPW was held to honor Claire Fulcher's dedication to International Federation of Business and Professional women and the United Nations. Claire Fulcher was the founding convener of the NGO Committee on UNIFEM (now UN WOMEN). This dinner was held to thank and honor our UN Representatives as well as to network and strengthen the bonds of BPW sisterhood. Candle Lighting Ceremony was held to remember all BPW sisters across the globe.

-- Reported by Neelima Basnet, Nepal
Young BPW Representative for BPW International



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Young BPW Representatives

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Global population is over 1.8 billion and youth are the largest untapped resources. To achieve sustainable development goals 2030 it is important to engage youth as beneficiaries, stake holder and leaders both locally and globally. Youth voice needs to be addressed in international dialogue, empowered enough to advocate and a platform to mobilize as a agent of impactful change makers. BPW international is the best platform for young women to develop the professional, business and leadership potential on all levels through advocacy, mentoring, networking, skill building and economic empowerment programs and projects around the world.

I am Architect Neelima Basnet from beautiful country Nepal. I was elected as young BPW international representatives 2017-2020 on October 2017 at the XXIX BPW international congress at Cairo, Egypt. I believe traveling and volunteering is the best way to learn about global issues and find the true meaning of humanity.

The action plan for my triennium is to encourage all the young BPW members to work towards common goals, mission and values of BPW international across the globe. https://youtu.be/dQbVk-WKMIc

Young BPW team consists of young BPW international representative and young BPW regional representatives who will ensure maximum reach and communication globally. Everyone is requested to contact young BPW representatives with any questions and suggestion.

Young BPW regional representatives for 2017-2020 are:

1. Africa
Ndeye Aissatou Ndiaye


2.Asia pacific
Vivien Johnson


3.Europe
Benedetta Palermo


4.latin America
Alejandra Frias Martinez


5.North America and the Caribbean
Angelina Gracy Sookoo


Neelima Basnet
Young BPW Representative 2017-2020
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