Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW) has been founded in Geneva in 1930. In 1947 it was accredited as an advisory organisation in UN and in 1977 as a consultative institution in the Council of Europe.
By now more than a quarter of million of women from 108 countries all over the world have joined the organisation. BPW Europe, the Europen representative body of the federation, incorporates more than 33,000 members from 31 European countries. The priority objective of the federation is to contribute to obtaining equal opportunities, roles and status of women as well as respectful attitude towards women in every field of social, economical or family life and to achieve a more numerous relative importance of women in organisations making decisions with worldwide impact. The joint programmes of BPW Europe are directed at solving the problems caused by unemployment, at developing the skills of entrepeneurship and leadership and at creating equal opportunities of education or training for everybody.
The Non-profit Making Association BPW Estonia (EENA) has been founded in 1992 with the purpose of encouraging business and professional women and women as leaders to cooperate with each other, change ideas and opinions and to carry out joint programmes together with keeping alive the tradition of club activities. BPW Estonia was admitted into the International Federation in 1993. There are 6 clubs within BPW Estonia with more than 130 members totally.
BPW Estonia and its individual members together with the other associations of women were the ones who launched the discussion concerning the wages for mothers in order to ensure the equality between men and women. A number of members of BPW Estonia have also taken an active part in the projects started by the Round Table of Estonian Women in order to protect the rights of women in labour matters and in cases of domestic violence.
BPW Estronia has participated in different projects initiated by the Eurointegration Bureau and by the European Union Information Secretariat of the State Chancellery. An educational project called “Women into Public Life” has been implemented lately.
It has been a long tradition to single out the Women of the Year of Estonia and to attribute the title in a festive manner to a socially and professionally outstanding woman of Estonia enhancing thus the importance of the role of active women in the life of our country.