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What are the WEPs? Objective/Vision Stakeholders The 7 Principles #WeCommit - Call to Action

 

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BPW Ontario supports the UN Women and UN Global Compact Women's Empowerment Principles (WEPs) and encourages the awareness, promotion and integration of the Women's Empowerment Principles into all aspects of Ontario life; including small business, all levels of government and civil society.

Women's Empowerment is a top organizational priority and we invite all stakeholders in Ontario to demonstrate their support for the WEPs and encourage business leaders to implement them to demonstrate their commitment to gender equality in Ontario.

BPW Ontario's WEP's Profile

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What are the WEPs?

The Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) are a set of Principles for businesses that offer guidance on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community.

WEPs Vision

Transform corporate behaviour and intentionally position gender and women's empowerment as essential core business objectives.

WEPs Objective

Motivate and guide business to take wide-ranging actions to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and community and to view such action as an integral and necessary part of corporate sustainability.

How Can Stakeholders use the Seven Women's Empowerment Principles?

While designed as a tool for the private sector to strengthen company policies and programs to create a culture that can achieve gender equality, the Principles provide a platform for all stakeholders to advance their commitment to gender equality. Together we can create a province and nation where women’s economic capacity is unleashed and where women are fully engaged in positions of leadership and strategic decision-making. As well as being a useful guide for business, the Principles seek to inform other stakeholders, including governments, and civil society in their engagement with the private sector. See resources specific to each of the three stakeholder groups on the Canadian Coalition to Empower Women Resource page.

The Seven Principles:

1. Establish high-level corporate leadership for gender equality
2. Treat all women and men fairly at work – respect and support human rights and non-discrimination
3. Ensure the health, safety and well-being of all women and men workers
4. Promote education, training and professional development for women
5. Implement enterprise development, supply chain and marketing practices that empower women
6. Promote equality through community initiatives and advocacy
7. Measure and publicly report on progress to achieve gender equality

#WeCommit - A Call to Action

#WeCommit

The #WeCommit campaign is a call-to-action for private sector companies of all sizes, enterprises, and employers’ organizations, stock exchanges, pension funds, and wealth management funds with the aim to sign and/or deepen the implementation of the Women's Empowerment Principles.

The Canadian Coalition to Empower Women and BPW Ontario supports the WEPs as a foundation to build partnerships across Ontario and Canada to promote cooperation & solidarity in creating a better post-COVID-19 normal. The time is now to bring solutions to the table & secure a sustainable future for all by ensuring current and future work is built on principles of inclusivity, equality, and social justice.

Check out the #WECommit resources below to assist your journey. If you are a prospective WEPs signatory, already a WEPs signatory or an Ally, check out the #WeCommit Welcome Kit to get more tips and materials to get you started in communicating about the WEPs and calling for more commitments!

#WeCommit Resources

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BPW Ontario

BPW Ontario's Aims 

BPW Ontario aims to unite business and professional women in all parts of Ontario and beyond to:

Work For Women's:

  • economic independence
  • equal opportunity and representation in economic, civil and political life

Encourage and Support Women and Girls

  • to develop their professional and leadership potential
  • to undertake lifelong education and training
  • to use their abilities for the benefit of others, locally, provincially and nationally

Advocate:

  • for the elimination of all discrimination against women
  • for human rights and the use of gender-sensitive perspectives

Undertake:

  • province-wide networking and co-operation between business and professional women
  • non-profit projects that help women gain economic independence to present the views of business and professional women to provincial organizations and agencies, and to business, governments and civil society

BPW Ontario's Objectives

Awareness

To extend to members and the community an enhanced awareness of issues, interests and practices that affect women at municipal, provincial, national and international levels.

Action

To effect positive change for women through advocacy, community outreach, networking and collaboration with like-minded organizations.

Development

To support members and all women in developing their capacity for leadership, communication and personal, professional and business excellence.

Whether you share our interests or concerns and would like to work with us to achieve our aims and objectives, or you're just a casual visitor, we'd love to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. from you or welcome you to a club meeting.

More About BPW Ontario

 

BPW Ontario History BPW Ontario Current Board

Past-President

Club

Term

Comments

1.     Mary Mount

Hamilton

1931

First BPWO President elected

2.     Dr. Olive Matthews

Kitchener

1932

 

3.     Laura Hyatt

Niagara Falls

1933-1937

2 terms

4.     Mabel Stoakley

Toronto

1937-1939

 

5.     Isabel Cummings

 

1939-1941

 

6.     Margaret Hyndman K.C.

Toronto

1941-1943

1943 Meeting Cancelled (WWII)

7.     Angela Lang

Waterloo

1944-1946

 

8.     Lillian McNab

Hamilton

1946-1948

First Provincial Conference

9.     Lillian McNab

Hamilton

1948-1950

 

10.  Maude Baylay

Toronto

1950-1952

 

11.  Margery Pewtress

Cobourg

1952-1954

 

12.  Margery Pewtress

Cobourg

1954-1956

 

13.  Elsie Gregory MacGill

Toronto

1956-1958

 

14.  Nazla Dane

Toronto

1958-1960

 

15.  Helene Gibson

Sault Ste. Marie

1960-1962

 

16.  Margaret Ashdown

Toronto

1962-1964

 

17.  Joan F. Wilson

Guelph

1964-1966

 

18.  Dorothy Brown

Belleville

1966-1968

 

19.  Kay Score

London

1968-1970

 

20.  Mary Hesser

Fort Erie

1970-1972

 

21.  Barbara Cameron

Cobourg

1972-1974

 

22.  Margaret Jackson

North Toronto

1974-1976

 

23.  Shirley Giles

Toronto

1976-1978

 

24.  Karen Shaw 

Sudbury

1978-1980

 

25.  Ruth Jesshope

Mississauga

1980-1982

 

26.  Fran Donaldson

North Toronto

1982-1984

 

27.  Alwine Franke

Cobourg

1984-1986

 
28.  Liz Neville

Toronto

1986-1988

 

29.  Sharon Selkirk

Sault Ste. Marie

1988-1990

 
30.  Linda Armbrust 

Welland

1990-1992

 
31.  Dora Cook

Sault Ste. Marie

1992-1994

 
32.  Donna Loyal

Windsor

1994-1996

 

33.  Melody Edwards

Mississauga

1996-1998

 

34.  Nancy Bass

North Toronto

1998-2000

 

35.  Doris Hall

London

2000-2002

 

36.  Susan Roback-Lescinsky

Windsor

2002-2004

 

37.  Sheila Crook

London

2004-2006

 

38.  Karin Gorgerat

Trenton & District

2006-2008

 

39.  Carol Kollar

Brampton

2008-2010

 

40.  Teresa Habs

Barrie

2010-2012

 

41.  Linda Davis

London

2012-2014

 

42.  Barbara Wetmore

Barrie

2014-2016

 

43.  Maide Yazar

North Toronto

2016-2018

 

43.  Linda Rice

North Toronto

2018-2020