About BPW

Business & Professional Women (Valletta) Malta was created as a result of a Lunch invitation to Ms. Tania Mercieca, the founding president, by the then president of the Ruviera dei Ciclopi Club, Catania Italy. Rosetta Munzone was very passionate about BPW and started to relate al of the activities that the club did in Sicily. Although there were previous contacts with Malta to start a BPW Club here, nothing ever materialized. Now the timing seemed right and BPW was formed on the 2nd April 2010. for the First Meeting where the club was officially formed, both Dott.ssa Munzone and Sig.ra Cinquerini were present.

That was nearly 10 years ago and now we are preparing to celebrate this milestone!

Since then BPW (Valletta) Malta has become a very active Club and it continued to grow in both the activities and members, under the Presidency of Ms. Stephanie Falzon, Immediate Past President and the Current President , Elected in January 2019, Ms. Mariella Camilleri.

History of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women

”Each woman, as a citizen, must bring to the national policy of her own country, the contribution of forward-looking and constructive thought followed by determined action. Each woman must dedicate herself to protect and promote the interests of all other women in business and the professions.” Dr. Lena Madesin Phillips Founder of the International Federation of Business and Professional Women.

BPW was formed on August 26, 1930 and is one of the oldest International Organisations celebrating 89 years of history. The International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International) has become one of the most influential international networks of business and professional women with affiliates in 100 countries in five continents. It currently has approximately 45,000 members from over 100 countries spread over 5 continents. The largest representation comes from Europe with over 20,000 members (approximately 50% of the total membership).


Background Information on BPW International

BPW has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and participatory status with the Council of Europe. Its members include influential women leaders, entrepreneurs, business owners, executives, professionals and young career women.

The root of BPW’s advocacy is embedded in the work with the United Nations. BPW lobbied for the formation of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and supported many women’s issues. BPW was awarded a Peace Messenger Certificate from UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar in 1987. Esther Hymer, BPW representative at the UN, was named as one of three women playing a significant role in the work of the UN Commission by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 1997.

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.


Our Ambition

Equal Participation of Women and Men in Power and Decision-Making Roles while capacity-building and confidence-building enable more women to advance to executive positions, the goal of equal participation is still far from being a reality. BPW International is giving high priority to create opportunities for women to rise to the level of top executives by collecting evidence on the return on investment when women become top executives. The aim is to use this testimony to persuade the relevant stakeholders such as companies, institutions, academia and governments that they would perform better if the percentage of females at top executive level increased and reached a par with men.

BPW, worldwide, works for the empowerment of young girls and women. Each club is left to work as per the needs of their individual countries. To give you a small example: BPW USA is still fighting for equal pay; whilst BPW Nigeria is still fighting for the right of the girl child to go to school.


UN Connection

The root of BPW’s advocacy is embedded in the work with the United Nations. BPW lobbied for the formation of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and supported many women’s issues. BPW was awarded a Peace Messenger Certificate from UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar in 1987. Esther Hymer, BPW representative at the UN, was the first Chair of NGO CSW committee and was named as one of three women playing a significant role in the work of the UN Commission by Secretary-General Kofi Annan in 1997.

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 UN Women.