BPW develops the professional, leadership and business potential of women on all levels through advocacy, mentoring, networking, skill building and economic empowerment programs and projects around the world

Welcome to the home of BPW Australia

When women work together, we achieve amazing things.

BPW Australia is a network of women who want to end gender inequality. Our focus is issues that affect women and work.

We’re a member-based NGO that’s part of a global network, BPW International. We make real differences in women’s lives by creating awareness, leading debate and driving change. If it matters to women, it matters to us.

Most of our work is done by our Members. They give their time and passion to support our campaigns, assist with lobbying, run projects and generally make an impact that’s good for women and therefore the world. And we network, learn a lot and have fun along the way.

As an NGO, BPW lobbies business and government at all levels, including at the United Nations, where we hold Special Category Status.

Latest News

Mar 14

BPW Australia joins coalition to fight government gender reporting changes

They unofficially call themselves the ‘Coalition for Working Women (CWW)’. And they’re willing to use their combined power to do whatever it takes to see Australian businesses report on the gender composition of their workforces.

A united front of business and women’s groups met in Canberra Tuesday to lobby against the Abbott government’s proposal to scale back gender reporting requirements under the Workplace Gender Equality Act. The current regulations require companies with more than 100 employees to report on gender metrics like pay, promotion, retention and recruitment. …Read more

Mar 14

A message from BPW Australia on International Women’s Day 2014

On 8 March every year, women across the globe mark International Women’s Day (IWD), a day of celebration and aspiration.

But did you know that IWD was originally called “International Working Women’s Day”?  Since it was first observed in 1908, IWD has been an important day for organisations like BPW Australia which focus on the rights of women in the world of work (within the broader context of women’s rights in general).

The history of IWD is interesting also because it began as a political event in the Socialist states of …Read more

Mar 14

BPW Australia Gender Equity Indicators Position Statement March 1 2014

BPW Australia is dismayed by news this week that the government is considering changing the reporting around the Workplace Gender Equity Indicators only recently introduced. If these proposals are implemented, the concern of our members — employers and employees– is that systemic discrimination will continue to prevent gender equity in the workplace.

For the first time ever data is being collected from companies with more than 100 employees, who report on information such as gender composition of the workforce and governing bodies, remuneration, positions held, hours worked, flexible work arrangements for carers, and consultation on gender equality. …Read more

  • Equal Pay Day

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    BPW Australia takes a leading role in uniting government and private sector employers in striving to achieve gender pay equity for all working women.

    In partnership with the ACTU, BPW formed the Equal Pay Alliance in 2009 which now represents over 100, 000 employees.

    Click here to find out more about this and our Equal Pay Day activities.

  • UN Global Compact

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    BPW Australia became a signatory to the UN Global Compact in August 2011. The Global Compact is a principle-based framework for businesses, stating ten principles in the areas of human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption. Under the Global Compact, companies are brought together with UN agencies, labour groups and civil society.

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