Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Local business women work on Bring Back Our Girls campaign
Submitted by Deanna Evert, BPW
omen leaders united at the recent Business & Professional Women (BPW) of BC & Yukon Conference and AGM which was held at the Best Western Regency Inn & Conference Centre in Abbotsford from June 6th to the 8th.
During the Saturday meeting, a letter was read which was sent by the BPW Canada to PM Stephen Harper about the Nigerian Boko Haram kidnappers and the "Bring Back Our Girls” campaign.
This prompted an urgent
skype call between the delegates and attendees of the conference and the
BPW International Regional Coordinator for Africa, Adenike
Adeyanju-Osadolor, in Nigeria. Ms. Adeyanju-Osadolor was able to give
the group first hand information on the situation. She emphasized that
global awareness and assistance was urgently needed.
BPW International VP, Jill Worobec, BPW BC & Yukon President, Heather Mary Stewart and BPW Langley President, Deanna Evertt create a resolution urging the Provincial government to join the Global campaign to "Bring Back Our Girls Now & Alive". Above, BPW Kamloops member Barb Ezart wears “#Bring Back Our Girls Now & Alive” campaign shirt at the BPW BC & Yukon Conference.
Also at the
conference, BPW International VP, Jill Worobec brought back a
fundraising shirt from BPW Africa with the slogan “#Bring Back Our Girls
Now & Alive”. These shirts are printed and sold with all proceeds going
toward the cause.
The Business & Professional Women (BPW) is an advocacy group for women and girls in our local communities and across the globe. To be able to skype on a moment's notice with another BPW member in Nigeria at a conference and then have the leadership and expertise necessary to follow up with a resolution and make a difference is one of the main advantages of the global organization and sets BPW clubs apart from other networking or service clubs
The International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International) has clubs in more than 100 countries around the world and Category Consultative Status at the United Nations. Notable Canadian members of the BPW include Emily Carr, Kim Campbell, Mobina Jaffer, Roberta Bondar and Rita Johnston.
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