BPW INTERNATIONAL

on 28 February 2013
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The International Federation of Business and Professional Women (IFBPW) was founded in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1930. The founding member countries of the international federation were Austria, Canada, France, Great Britain, Italy and the United States of America.

 

Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips was elected as the first IFBPW President and served until 1947.  The International Federation of Business and Professional Women is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that has had Consultative Status with the United Nations through the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 1947. At present there are a total of twenty-one members serving as representatives of IFBPW at the United Nations and its subsidiary organs, specialized agencies and related organizations.  Today, BPW continues its representation at UN Headquarters in New York, Vienna, Geneva; UN regional offices (UNECA, UNECE, UNESCAP, UNESCWA, UNECLAC); UNESCO, UNICEF, ILO, WHO, UNCTAD, UNIDO, FAO, UN DPI; Council of Europe; European Women’s Lobby and continues to work closely with UNIFEM. The International Federation of Business and Professional Women is also called BPW International, it has 100 branches and over 500 000 members worldwide.