Women's Empowerment/ El Empoderamiento de la mujer, March 16, 2021, Parallel Event
Sponsored by BPW (Spain) – Business and Professional Women's Association
Women and the environment, Women in power and decision-making, Women and the economy, Education and training of women
SDG3 – Good Health and Well-Being, SDG5 – Gender Equality, SDG8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth, SDG9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, SDG 10 – Reduced Inequality, SDG11 – Sustainable Cities and Communities, SDG13 – Climate Action, SDG17 – Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Young Members (2016), Women and STEM (2019)
As part of CFUW our club works to help young women attain the post secondary education they need to take leadership roles in whatever careers they choose. We also continue to press for women's equality and equal rights and encourage women to take leadership roles in social benefit organizations, government and business.
This session focussed on women in leadership roles in business and particularly in Spain but dealt with a wide variety of situations such as women in agriculture, hospitality industry, astrophysics, social work, the film industry and so on. The speakers shared a lot of information about the levels of participation of women in various industries and in leadership roles. Several pointed out that education is the key both in the formal sense and in the sense of the attitudes of girls and boys, women and men towards certain areas of study and certain careers as well as towards the idea of women as leaders. Collaboration and mutual support among women was also stressed.
This session demonstrated how women can break barriers that often keep them from realizing there full potential. Education is key as are role models and partnerships. Speakers in this session try to encourage and foster leadership in younger women in their areas and this is a strategy that GWI members can practice and encourage in others.

This group of business and professional women is working to mentor and encourage younger women both by example and through specific programs. Others can learn from what BPA does and joint projects with other women’s organizations especially to raise awareness, provide positive role models, provide training and encouragement are areas of possible collaboration.

Author: Barb MacLellan

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