Report to World Health Organisation

Faye Gardiner’s WHO Report

BPW I n ternational Heal t h Act i v i t i e s Report to the WHO

improving women’s health around the world

BPW International [The International Federation of Business & Professional Women] works for global gender equality in power and decision-making through its advocacy and UN participation. It is an influential international network of business and professional women from over ninety countries across five continents, making a difference on a global scale through its leadership capacity, empowerment programs and Consultative Status with ECOSOC/ United Nations.

By right of its status with ECOSOC, BPW International is granted official relations with United Nations Specialised Agencies including the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The basis of an official relationship is a plan for collaboration based on mutually agreed objectives and outlining activities for a three-year period, the results of which are reviewed by the WHO Executive Board every three years.

A full report of health-related activities of the affiliates of BPW International from 2008-2010 in relation to the Strategic Objectives of the WHO over the 2008-2010 triennium has been prepared and submitted to the WHO.

The report (in the WHO format) represents only a small proportion of health activities undertaken by BPW members world wide. It is available upon request from the BPW International President’s Office or Chairperson of the Health Standing Committee,


Faye Gardiner, RGON,

BA, Reg Lead Auditor (Health)


Gender Equality and Women are central to the successful achievement of all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Without the empowerment of women, achieving the MDGs will be impossible.

Our admiration and thanks to all BPW members who work to support and improve the health of women everywhere. We have the power of half of the world’s population, and through choice and voice we can truly create a better world. We have the power to make a difference!


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Improving women’s health around the world

Examples of health projects undertaken by Affiliates of BPW International

Preventing communicable diseases –

! BPW Mexico: Influenza Pandemic Education

BPW Porto Allegre, Brazil: Prevention of Viral Hepatitis in Salons

Combating AIDS –

! BPW Lagos, Nigeria: Walking for Life

BPW Toronto, Canada  World AIDS Day Breakfast

Stopping violence against women –

BPW Belmont, Australia: Supporting Women in Abusive Situations

BPW Huntly, New Zealand: Stopping Domestic Violence

BPW Porto Alegre, Brazil: Forum on Participation, Discrimination

and Violence

BPW London, Canada: Stopping Human Trafficking

Breast cancer awareness and prevention –

BPW Hawera, New Zealand

BPW Italy

BPW Kuwait

BPW Porto Alegre, Brazil

Osteoporosis awareness and prevention –

BPW Nicosia, Cyprus

Cervical cancer awareness and prevention

BPW Nigeria: Promotion of Cervical Screening

BPW Cyprus: Prevention of Cervical Cancer in Rural Women

BPW Argentina: Prevention of Cancer

BPW Perth, Australia: Women’s Health And Cancer

Sustaining a healthy environment –

BPW Cuiaba, Brazil: Sustainable Management of Water for Women

BPW Porto Alegre, Brazil “Tree is Life” Project

Fighting addictions –

BPW Argentina: Addiction Prevention Project

BPW Australia: Prevention of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

BPW Mexico: Smoking Cessation Programmes


Improving maternal health –

BPW Burkina Faso: Eradication of Vaginal Fistula

BPW Italy: Supporting maternity and preventing abandonment of children

Gender and health issues –

BPW Australia: Think Fertility Project

BPW Papua New Guinea: Maternal Health & Sex Education

BPW Europe: Gender and Health advocacy

Raising self esteem –

BPW New Zealand: Self Esteem Project: “The Liberty to be Me”

BPW Doutta Galla, Australia: Body Image workshops –

Women’s Health Education Programmes –

BPW Italy: Weekly Radio Programme “Panacea”

BPW Korea: Health & Wellness Education Project

All BPW clubs: Health, Wellbeing, Nutrition Lectures


BPW International Health Activities Report to the WHO for 2008-2010

The International Federation of Business & Professional Women is privileged to have an official relationship with the World Health Organisation. The basis of an official relationship is a plan for collaboration based on mutually agreed objectives and outlining activities for a three-year period, the results of which are reviewed by the WHO Executive Board every three years.

This document reports the health-related activities of the affiliates of BPW International from 2008-2010 in relation to the Strategic Objectives of the WHO over the 2008-2010 triennium. The format used is that required by the WHO.

These reports have been submitted by Affiliates, but I believe they represent only a small proportion of all the health activities undertaken by BPW members world wide. My admiration and thanks to all of you who work to support and improve the health of women every where.

Faye Gardiner, RGON, BA, Reg Lead Auditor (Health) RABQSA.

Chairperson, Standing Committee on Health


Index to Projects Supporting WHO Strategic Objective(s):

1. To reduce the health, social and economic burden of communicable diseases

BPW Mexico : Influenza Pandemic Education ……………………………………………. 3

BPW Porto Alegre, Brazil : Prevention of Viral Hepatitis………………………………….3

2. To combat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria


BPW Lagos, Nigeria : Annual Walk for Life event…………………………………………… 3

BPW North Toronto, Canada : World AIDS Day Breakfast …………………………………..3

3. To prevent and reduce disease, disability and premature death from chronic noncommunicable conditions, mental disorders, violence and injuries


BPW Belmont, Australia : Supporting Women in Abusive Situations………………………….4

BPW Canada  : Restricting use of tanning beds for people under the age of 18 years…………..4                    BPW New Zealand : Self Esteem Project: “The Liberty to be Me”………………………….4

BPW Hawera, New Zealand : Breast Cancer Awareness, September 2009…………………4

BPW Huntly, New Zealand : Project to Stop Domestic Violence………………………………5

BPW Italy : Cancer Awareness and Prevention…………………………………………………5

BPW Italy : Weekly Radio Programme – “Panacea”………………………………………..5

BPW Korea : Health & Wellness Education Project……………………………………………5

BPW Kuwait : Breast Cancer Awareness and Early Detection Project…………………………6

BPW Kuwait : Diabetes Education……………………………………………………………6

BPW Nicosia : Cyprus – Prevention of Osteoporosis…………………………………………..7

BPW Porto Alegre, Brazil – Changes, Stress and the Consequences to Health…………………7

BPW Porto Alegre, Brazil –Forum on Participation, Discrimination and Violence ………………..7

4. To reduce morbidity and mortality and improve health during key stages of life, including pregnancy, childbirth, the neonatal period, childhood and adolescence, and improve sexual and reproductive health and promote active and healthy ageing for all individuals.


BPW Nigeria :  Promotion of Cervical Screening………………………………………………8

BPW Cyprus :  Prevention of Cervical Cancer in Rural Women.………………………………8

BPW Argentina :  Prevention of Cancer………………………………………………………..8

BPW Australia : Think Fertility Project…………………………………………………… .8

BPW Belmont, Perth, Australia : Women’s Health And Cancer………………………………9

BPW Burkina Faso :  Project to Eradicate Vaginal Fistula……………………………………..9

BPW New Zealand :  Health Education for Women……………………………………………10

BPW Italy : Project to support maternity and prevent abandonment of children……….……….10

BPW Italy : Pain Management…………………………………………………………………11

BPW London in Canada : Stopping Human  Trafficking………………………………………11

BPW Papua New Guinea  : Maternal Health, Sex Education, Scholarships For Women………12

BPW Canada – Health & Wellbeing Lectures…………………………………………………12

BPW Europe – Gender and Health…………………………………………………………….12

BPW Porto Alegre, Brazil – Education about Breast and Cervical Cancer…………………13

5. To reduce the health consequences of emergencies, disasters, crises and conflicts, and minimize their social and economic impact

No Projects.

6. To promote health and development, and prevent or reduce risk factors for health conditions

associated with use of tobacco, alcohol, drugs and other psychoactive substances, unhealthy diets,

physical inactivity and unsafe sex.

BPW Argentina : Addiction Prevention Project………………………………………………..13

BPW Australia : Prevention of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome………………………………………14

BPW Mexico : Smoking Cessation Programme ……………………………………………… 14


7. To address the underlying social and economic determinants of health through policies and

programmes that enhance health equity and integrate pro-poor, gender-responsive, and human

rights-based approaches

BPW Doutta Galla, Victoria, Australia : Body Image Workshops……………………………..14

8. To promote a healthier environment, intensify primary prevention and influence public policies in

all sectors so as to address the root causes of environmental threats to health.

BPW Cuiaba, Brazil : Sustainable Management of Water for Women………………………15

BPW Porto Alegre, Brazil –  “Tree is Life” Project ………………………………………..15


9. To improve nutrition, food safety and food security, throughout the life-course, and in support of

public health and sustainable development

BPW International encourages affiliated clubs to educate members about healthy nutrition……16

Including projects by BPW Belmont and BPW Caboolture, Australia; BPW Christchurch,

New Zealand; BPW Kuwait; BPW Estonia, BPW Mexico


10. To improve the organization, management and delivery of health services

BPW Almeida, USA :  Health Reform Legislation……………………………………………..17


12. To ensure improved access, quality and use of medical products and technologies

BPW International encourages affiliated clubs to inform their members about medical

products and technologies related to women’s health and well being………………………….. 17

Including projects by BPW Belmont and BPW Caboolture, Australia; BPW Nigeria; BPW Porto Alegre, Brazil.




BPW Mexico : Influenza Pandemic Education

Influenza A(H1N1): Since April 24, 2009, date of its detection in Mexico, the first confirmed case of infection of the influenza A virus (H1N1) all BPW Mexico members, participated in their community in all actions related to the prevention campaign, in terms of hygiene, of the new Influenza A virus (H1N1) and its symptoms sending probable cases of infection to their health unit and/or hospital.

This was done through poster and brochure advertising to the most vulnerable groups (pregnant women, persons with chronic lung , cardiovascular and kidney diseases, severe obesity, diabetes, HIV – AIDS, chronic hepatitis, cancer and asthma, children from 6 to 23 months of age, and health services personnel in contact with the sick) so that in December, 2009, they were vaccinated.

Results : Influenza A(H1N1): In the Mexican States where BPW Clubs are present the number of confirmed cases of people  infected influenza A virus (H1N1), was less than in other states, as of May  24, 2010.

State No. of Cases Participating  Club



D.F. (*)





BPW Torreón

BPW Mazatlán

BPW Caborca

BPW Tenochtitlán and BPW Valle de México

(*) In D.F. more cases were detected due to its much higher population.

(**) None of the 100 BPW Mexico members was infected by the virus.


BPW Porto Alegre, Brazil : Prevention of Viral Hepatitis

BPW Porto Alegre participated in the campaign in the state of Rio Grande do Sul for the eradication of the disease in the State. National coverage by encouraging the reduction in the incidence of the disease, whose infection in salons has been in alarming patterns


BPW – Porto Alegre participated in the campaign by the Social Action Committee of the State Government of Rio Grande do Sul to eradicate viral hepatitis in the State. The advocacy campaign included wide distribution of publicity material containing information about the disease. The vaccination campaign was intensive and a priority for young people in risk group such as manicurists, pedicurists and tattooists. Military Police also received the vaccine. BPW – Porto Alegre acted as a multiplier in the distribution and dissemination of information materials and community mobilization for the use of materials and implements for own manicure and pedicure, as well as referrals for vaccination


Results : Wide distribution of publicity material containing information about the disease. The vaccination campaign was intensive and a priority for young people in risk group such as manicurists, pedicurists and tattooists. 3500 were trained by the military police, who also received the vaccine.

BPW Lagos, Nigeria : Annual Walk for Life event to –

  • Create awareness of the issue of HIV/AIDS
  • Support prevention and intervention
  • Reduce stigmatization of HIV/Aids victims

Results : Public awareness of the health and social implications of HIV/AIDS was raised.

Stigmatization was reduced in the local population.


BPW North Toronto, Canada : World A IDS Day Breakfast

BPW North Toronto Club in December 2009, Co-sponsored Toronto’s World Aids Day Breakfast. Event was well received and attended by BPW North Toronto members Linda Rice and Nadia Homonko.


Results : The Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health for Province of Ontario, announced $1.6 million to fight aids and of that, $1 million for women with AIDS.




BPW Belmont, Australia : Supporting Women in Abusive Situations

An annual event is organized with speakers and activities that focuses on the abusive situations that women can   face, and what can be done to assist them.

The event is supported and attended by members of other “not for profit” clubs in the area.


$1000  grant received to continue the event in collaborations with other groups – Zonta,  Soroptimists, University

Women, National Council of Women.


BPW Canada  : Restricting use of tanning beds for people under the age of 18 years.

As a measure to protect young people against skin cancer, a resolution has been proposed asking the Government of Ontario to regulate tanning salon owners and operators, and the use of artificial tanning salons, banning their use by those under 18 years of age.

In addition, the resolution is asking the government to:

  • Prohibit the marketing of artificial tanning whose target is youth.
  • Develop and maintain a registry of artificial tanning equipment in use in Ontario.
  • Ensure all staff operating artificial tanning equipment are trained on operation procedures, maintenance and how to identify people at greater risk of developing cancer, particularly those with skin type I (fair).
  • Require that signage be placed in clear view of each bed clearly outlining the health risks of artificial tanning.

Results : This resolution has been submitted for debate at the Ontario conference in June.

BPW New Zealand Self Esteem Project- “The Liberty to be Me”

A Lecture Tour and Workshops by psychotherapist Dr. Chrisina Berton of Mexico was organized by BPW NZ and a local charitable organisation, the Rua and Clarrie Stevens Charitbale Trust  The tour was part of the BPW NZ Stopping Violence Against Women project. The Tour took place from 19 October to 29th October 2009 in the four principle cities, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Four hundred people attended the public presentations and heard Christina’s message about the liberating effect of a good self esteem. Thirty three attended the self esteem workshops.


  1. The learning and experience gained by all participants will be very useful to them in many ways in their future careers and community life. A DVD of the Tour and Christina’s message was funded in full by the Rua & Clarrie Stevens Charitable Trust and is available through the Trust’s web site at
  2. The fee of $2000 paid to Dr. Berton will be used by her Amara Foundation in Mexico in their work with disadvantaged women.
  3. Materials, felt pens and crayons, left over from the workshops, were donated to the John Morrison Memorial Orphanage in India

4.    As a direct result of her experiences and learning on the Tour, Dr. Berton brought another program for mothers and senior school-age daughters to NZ in 2010. The project ran through the education system. BPW NZ was not involved in this project as it the administration and financial support required are far beyond our limited resources.

BPW Hawera, New Zealand : Breast Cancer Awareness, September 2009.

Two Lectures

  • A local GP informed attendees on statistics concerning breast cancer, what it is and what it can do to you, how to recognise the signs, the importance of monthly breast self checks and mammograms.
  • A breast cancer survivor, telling her story about finding out she had breast cancer to the removal of her breast and life after the surgery. She also discussed initiatives available to people with breast cancer and coping with the “after match”.

As fun ending of the meeting attendees made wearable art out of bras with a prize for the team that made the best bra.

Results : Attendees were informed about breast cancer and self checking procedure.

BPW Huntly, New Zealand : Project to Stop Domestic Violence

2009 and on going. The project aimed to find out more about domestic violence in the local community, to support local intiatives to stop occurrence, and to share the findings with other BPW clubs in New Zealand.

Activities included –

  • Liaison with the local Community Centre to identify local groups working in the field.
  • Local Speakers : Relationship counsellor, prison chaplain, police constable.
  • Community meeting with local women police constables.
  • Fund raising to support a local retreat that provided counselling for couples in violence situations.


  • Raised awareness in the local community about the incidence of violence, and the services available to people in violent situations.
  • $1200 donated to support a couple to go to the retreat.

BPW Italy : Cancer Awareness and Prevention

Cancer prevention in women is one of the most important theme of health education considered by BPW-Italy. With its action BPW-Italy wants to awaken public opinion by promoting the knowledge of oncology disease, driving women to give their support for national projects of screening for early diagnosis and for HPV vaccination projects. The teaching focused on women oncology, mainly cervix and breast cancer, due to the high incidence, and lung cancer as well, became of increasing habit of smoking among women.

We organized a lot of conferences about cervical cancer in the North of Italy to spread knowledge about this important theme for people. We explain exactly its main features and the correct way of primary and secondary health care by tests and vaccine.


Out of what was done on national territory (work-shop, seminaries, etc.) we point to

  • The agreement signed by South-East BPW-Italy and LILT( Italian federation against cancer),which recognizes women as main actors in cancer prevention,
  • Collaboration with AIDO and ADMO.
  • Cooperating with Institution and Health Structures which allows women to use all the available means for secondary prevention in oncology.
  • Reinforcing in women the ”prevention culture” at all levels

BPW Italy : Weekly Radio Programme – “Panacea”

“Women in Action for a better Life” about Non Communicable Diseases

To promote in European Countries, mainly those of the East Europe, a prevention policy to prevent non communicable chronicle diseases: cardio-cerebral-vascular ones, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis and neurodegenerative diseases, that today are a severe problem for the health of all women and new generations towards which women, fully informed, can and must realize domestic policies of health education.

This project started in 2009 and is on going.

Results : This important knowledge has reached a lot of people by written documents and also a lot of television episodes talking about this problem. We suggest to people easy rules of correct conduct to live better in health and safety.


BPW Korea : Health & Wellness Project, On going.

BPW Seoul, April 19, 2008- Mr. Jung Su KIM of diagnostic test Department, Asan Hospital, gave a lecture on diseases properties and health care for middle aged female, and how to cope with occurrence of diseases.

BPW Wonju, July 12, 2008- Forest experience with single parent family through forest visit, carpentry experience and topiary making, resulting in improved mental health and healthy family affection.

September 27, 2008 – Farming experience with single parent family by harvesting sweet potatoes, making tofu and fishing trout, resulting in knowledge of food safety, Korean agricultural products, relationship between food and health

BPW Hansung, March 28, 2009 – Professor Hyun Young PARK of Center for disease control, Healthcare for Cardiovascular Diseases, resulting in knowledge for prevention of CVD, and the importance of work-life balance.

BPW Pohang, May 15, 2009 –Mr. Eun Kwang LEE explained the symptoms of dementia and method for its self-diagnosis, preparing for old age through tasks for human developmental stages, resulting in know ledge of the symptoms of dementia and how to do self-diagnosis.

BPW Machang, May 21, 2009 – Ms. Mi Wha SONG gave a lecture on well-being and dietary life resulting in learning about a good diet and eating habits for well-being, and the relation between dietary life and health.

BPW Clubs of Hansung, SaeSeoul, NamSeoul, Hangaram, Seoul, June 15, 2009 – Medical Professor of Yeonsei Univeristy, John Linton, who has expertise on North Korea, gave a lecture on medical activities in North Korea, about increased medical service assistance towards North Korean Children, and implementation of primary healthcare service for disadvantaged people, strategic recommendations of WHO Regional Committee Meeting for the Western Pacific, 58th session, 10-14 September 2007, Jeju Province, Republic of Korea, where Dr. Young Hai Park (BPW Korea) participated as an NGO Representative.

BPW Machang, June 26, 2009 – Director of Hee Yeon Hospital, Hee Suk PARK gave a lecture on senile illnesses and the preventive measures resulting in increased knowledge of kinds of senile illness and their preventive measures.

BPW Chungju, June 2009 – Nutrition lecturer, Ok Hyun JUNG demonstrated the making of healthy rice cake snacks  resulting in ability to make healthy snacks.

BPW Chungju, July, 2009– Visit rural areas and experience farming, resulting in increased understanding of farming problems and ways to improve matters, including the importance of work-life balance through the free and easy life of farming area.

BPW Arisoo, August 14-15, 2009 – Summer workshop and Yeomul-ri ecological village experience, resulting in knowledge of self health check methods, making of traditional healthy farm food.

BPW Korea, June 9, 2010 –Signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Green Cross Healthcare Center      to take care of BPW Korea members’ health and to improve quality of life., resulting in

1) Specialized membership service for BPW Korea members being provided by Green Cross Healthcare

2) Early diagnosis of disease

3) Lifetime health management.


BPW Kuwait : Breast Cancer Awareness and Early Detection Project, October 2009,  to be a recurrent event

Dr. Shafeeqa Alawadi initiated a breast cancer event that aimed to increase the awareness of the best prevention and detection methods of breast cancer that is started to spread globally and not only in the Kuwaiti society and among young females. So as part of health profession mission is to educate the public with this disease via educational lectures by specialized physicians for the previous mentioned objectives, in addition of applying the early breast cancer examination campaign to all females in Kuwaiti society. Lectures provided by Dr. Shafeeqa AL-awadi from Hussain Makki Jumaa Cancer Center, with the collaboration of a group of physician from Indian Women Association (IWA), which is a non profit foundation.

Results :

Increasing the number of people to understand and know

  • the signs, symptoms and causes of breast cancer.
  • ways of preventing cancer from general aspects including anti cancer food, healthy active lifestyle
  • the importance of the early breast cancer check-up that would lead to prevent and/or delay breast cancer.

The event may be recurrent on “Cancer Awareness Day” of each year

BPW Kuwait, Diabetes Education :

15 May 2010, a 3 hour educational workshop on diabetes management.

The even was held for BPW members, the public and professions.

1. Lecture topic “The latest Diabetes research and media interviews”, by Dr. Kholood Baron.

2.  Tutorial on the professional psychological communication with diabetics’ patients aimed for parents and healthcare profession, presented by Dr. Faten Merza (Psychologist) and interact Layla H. Agha (Dietitian).

3. The basics of diabetes nutrition therapy workshop, by DM clinical dietitian (Layla H. Agha).

Metronic Inc. (Tareq company) sponsored the event by providing the light snacks and measurement spoons with insulin pump educational books and C.D.

Results :

  • Presented the latest studies to the public and profession as part of updating the community with diabetes medical and nutrition therapy and education methods.
  • Knowing the relationship between diabetes and nutrition, carbohydrates food sources, ways of arranging a meal with specific numbers of carbohydrates food exchanges, healthy carbohydrates choices for main meals and snacks,
  • Importance of encourage active lifestyle, in addition to the importance of involving family members and friends in all life aspects.

This event may be recurrent on the 4th Of November on “Diabetes Day” of each year.


BPW Nicosia, Cyprus – Prevention of Osteoporosis – 29 April 2010

In collaboration with the Cyprus Society for the Prevention of Osteoporosis, our Club organized an informative lecture on the topic of Osteoporosis and the Modern Women.  The event was placed under the auspices of the Minister of Health, who addressed the audience and informed them about the policy of the government regarding the issue of Osteoporosis.

Two Cypriot doctors, both leaders in their field,  opened the presentation,  giving the women in the audience the opportunity to learn about the most modern advances on the subject of Osteoporosis as well as new methods of prevention. Following the presentation a lively questions and answer session followed, giving the audience the opportunity to ask many questions about the illness and clear up various misconceptions . The Cyprus society for the Prevention of Osteoporosis also disseminated informative leaflets to all members present.


As the event was widely advertised in the local media, women from all walks of life attended. The

doctors presented their information in a clear and comprehensible way, making all facts easy to follow and understand. All members present expressed the opinion that the presentation was extremely useful and that they had learnt a lot about Osteoporosis and more importantly about the prevention of Osteoporosis


BPW Porto Alegre, Brazil – Seminar 6/9/09 “Changes, Stress and the Consequences to Health ”
Speaker Marta Echenique, Psychologist, Philosopher, Specialist in Clinical Psychology, Specialist in Organizational Psychology and Labour, former president of BPW Porto Alegre (1993-1994).

Emphasis on the resilience of the people regarding the process of change and the risks of procedures for somatization and dullness, in front of stressful and challenging situations.

Results : Breakfast meeting with 53 participants; multiplier effect on preventive health for dissemination of knowledge about the health of the individual under stressful situations and change, alert to the importance of healthy practices on the environment as a way to achieve higher quality of life.



BPW Porto Alegre, Brazil – Women’s Forum – Participation, Discrimination and Violence.

BPW Porto Alegre, through the Commission on the Status of Women, along with the University Ritter dos Reis (UniRitter – Campus Canoas) Rotary Club Canoas Integration, the Rotaract Club Canoas Integration and Coordination of Women of the State Government of Rio Grande do Sul held a Women’s Forum to stimulate robust debate to influence and contribute to continuous improvement of public policies to combat violence against women.

The Forum sought dialogue on this topic with academia, government, unions and professionals and included a panel on the Topic Maria da Penha Law: Applications and Implications., and a  Roundtable: Impact of Discrimination, Participation and Violence against Women.


Consolidation of strategic partnerships structuring the foundations of the process of technological innovation and development of a new culture, such as prosecutors, OAB, Police Women’s Hospital Materno Infantil Presidente Vargas, Casa Viva Maria “shelter, professionals, teachers, UniRitter and civil society organizations, through the BPW-Porto Alegre.
Weaknesses of the system were identified and a pathway consolidated with social services to act effectively in combating domestic violence.

40 kg of non-perishable food items were collected to be delivered to Casa Viva Maria “shelter, participating at the event, which takes women with children victims of domestic violence.





BPW Nigeria – Promotion of Cervical Screening , 2009 and on going.

A campaign was implemented to ensure cervical cancer screening of all BPW members by 2011.

Results :

Increased uptake of cervical smears by BPW members.

Improved early detection

Institute a culture of regular medical check ups.

BPW Cyprus – Campaign to inform women in rural communities  about Pap Test as a way to prevent Cervical Cancer_(Starting period June 2010)

With the assistance and support of the Cyprus Ministry of Health, our Club has produced an informative leaflet giving information about the prevention of cervical cancer through Pap Test screening.  These leaflets will be distributed to women up to the age of 65 who live in the rural areas surrounding the capital Nicosia.  Furthermore, these women will be visited by a team of doctors (and members of BPW Nicosia) who will give lectures and share more information about Pap Test screening as a preventive method for cervical cancer.  The doctors will also refer to the cervical cancer vaccine and give the women more details regarding this issue.

In order to successfully organise this campaign and the visits to the rural areas,  our health sub- committee has had several meetings with the Minister and other Ministry of Health officials, as well as various meetings with the different rural Community Chairmen  in order to ascertain the most suitable format the presentations should take as well as the date and time for each visit.

To make our club and our campaign more visible we have produced T-shirts with the ‘Pearl of Wisdom’ logo (official logo of the Cervical Cancer Campaign) and we will wear these T-shirts to promote awareness of our cause.

On 21 June 2010  we will hold a Press Conference together with the Minister of Health, to announce the commencement of our campaign and on 25 June 2010 we will undertake our first visit to the rural area of Kakopetria. Our goal is to reach as many women as possible who live in rural areas and who do not have easy access to medical facilities or the latest developments in medical technology.

Results As the project is still at the beginning stage, we do not have exact achievement results. However, judging by the enthusiasm with which the Community Chairmen embraced the idea, we are most encouraged that this project will be a great success



BPW Argentina – Prevention of Cancer

BPW Mar del Plata – 150 women over 18 years old attended a day at the headquarters of BPW Argentina

where two gynecologists were gave a lecture on cancer prevention.

BPW Club Victoria Ocampo A sex education campaign and a survey on the early detection of Cervical Cancer begun in 2010

BPW Buenos Aires held two conferences in 2009 where Emma Suarez medical psychiatrist and clinical psychologist Sara Louzán presented on how to prevent cancer in women and how to live with freedom, mental and physical activity posters were made Health Fair for brochures, and educational programs for safe sex

BPW Australia : Think Fertility Project, 2008/9

The ThinkFertility project was informed by research into the experiences of women including data analysis, literature review and media reporting. The literature and media reports recognise that women have too often delayed child-bearing in the belief that their fertility extends for longer than it does.  This indicated that women and men do not have sufficient access to information about how fertility declines with age when they make family formation decisions. As a consequence many are making decisions that with the wisdom of hindsight and correct information they have indicated they would not have made.

Copious information about fertility is available in GPs’ rooms and on infertility clinic websites that take a medical and curative perspective rather than a preventative one.  However healthy young women (and men) don’t see their doctor often and may not pick up this information. The Think Fertility Project is not pushing young people to have children, but rather informing those who do plan to have children by drawing their attention to important facts that they might not otherwise access.

Results : The BPWA Project Team considered the needs of a range of audiences, including men and women of various ages and backgrounds and developed their information accordingly.   The team has focussed on providing information about fertility, directed at both women and men presented in non-medical environments where young people might access it.

The ThinkFertility Project devised a program of public education through brochures and a website aimed at informing women (and men) about the lifestyle and age-related factors that can impinge on their fertility, enabling them to make informed choices about their fertility and family formation.

The website has recently been revised and upgraded to provide information in a readily accessible form tailored to different audiences: young women, working women, women of childbearing age and their male partners.


BPW Belmont, Perth, Australia : Women’s Health And Cancer

25.8.08 – Seminar by the GAIN – Gynaecological Awareness Information Network, educating women about their bodies and what to look out for if they experience pain or discomfort.

23.2.09 – Seminar presented by a physiotherapist and a remedial massage therapist on research about the benefits of exercise for cancer sufferers, oncology massage, and the importance of wellbeing in fighting cancer.


The attendees were made aware of warning signs of gynaecological cancer, and the benefits of massage and exercise in fighting cancer.


BPW Burkina Faso – Project to Eradicate Vaginal Fistula.

  • After the 2006 Congress organized by BPW Club, whose theme was: Women for Understanding Women and Eradication of Obstetric Fistula, women have been identified by club members and diagnosed in CHUYO.
  • After diagnosis, 25 women have received surgical treatment, including 23 cases successes and 2 failures.
  • In July 2007, with financial support from UNFPA, the DSF and CHUYO the BPW club organized the care of 45 women suffering from obstetric fistula, with 43 successes and 2 failures.
  • In November 2007, with financial support from UNFPA, the DFS and CHUYO, the club hosted the BPW Surgical treatment of 12 women with fistula to the CHR Koudougou which 8 were successful and 4 failed.
  • In October 2008, 25 women have benefited from the surgical management with financial support from UNFPA, the DSF and CHUYO. BPW Club provides support, housing (three-month average) and transportation of women for various displacements.
  • The current treatment is limited to financing the kit and surgery. The club pays the additional costs, namely specialty drugs and some examinations of the operative record, hygiene products and maintenance.
  • The Club supports monitoring costs of the women treated. These costs of care are needed to support their reintegration and use their testimony to identify those who are still hiding their disease. A shelter for the women is needed at the club.
  • In addition, the Club ensures the provision of gynecological advice, home visits and psychological care for their support. In 2009, 45 women have benefited from the surgical management with financial support from UNFPA, DFS, CYPRUS CM, CM Boromo and CHUYO. The Club has provided social rehabilitation and gynecological and psychological care and advice for them.
  • In line with its values, the BPW club works for the advent of an environment conducive to the development of women in society. Given this, the national situation and the precarious condition of women victims of fistula, the BPW Club stands in solidarity with all stakeholders and all initiatives both nationally and internationally.


In terms of achievements, the club now has a wide experience in identification and management of obstetric fistula. The club has especially learned with great interest:

  • Obstetric fistula is still poorly understood. In some places, many demeaning taboos surround the disease, hence the importance of awareness
  • Women victims of fistula should be not only provided with medical care. Their socio-economic reintegration should also be an objective of all stakeholders in the fight.
  • Women with fistula who have already received care become the contacts in their communities. The club relies on them to establish a network of contacts for the identification of other victims.
  • Club members have assimilated the methods and techniques of participatory communication that allow them to better carry out the activities on field

Many financial partners (UNFPA, DSF) and technical (CHUYO, CHR Koudougou, Dori, Fada and Bobo Dsso, Clinique St Mark’s) have already supported the club in its activities and this set may be expanded to just a minimum of resources be made available to the club.


BPW New Zealand – Health Education for Women

BPW NZ encourages it’s affiliated clubs to present lectures focused on raising the awareness of common  health issues and providing information about prevention, available treatment and community support. The following are selected examples to illustrate the project –

BPW Doubtless Bay – Cardiovascular Disease : aimed at increasing awareness about cardiovascular disease for Tane Maori 35years plus, encourage tane to go and have a heart health check, access the right statin medication as well as encourage healthy lifestyle behaviors.

BPW Huntly – 2008 & 2009

Janice Davies: Attitude Specialist, Attitude and Self Esteem.

Supported the breast cancer appeal in October

Diabetes Nurse: type 1 and type 2 diabetes, including diabetes in pregnancy.

Relationship Counellor: Relationship retreat

Breast cancer awareness month. Members took part in the local cancer club pink walk.

Members made a voluntary donation towards breast cancer research

Constable Ali Molloy : the work Huntly police are doing to reduce family violence.

BPW Hibiscus Coast 2008 & 2009

Family Planning International Project Co-ordinator: The rights of women and sexual & reproductive health, including family planning, in the Pacific & South East Asia.

Women’s health nurse specialist : WONS Charitable Trust which was established to work with high need women and their families and improve wellness through health promotion, health education of health professionals and women in the community, primary health care services, free cervical smears and checks
research, and advocacy.

Mid wifery in Vanuatu, the training of mid wives in the hospital.
BPW Whangarei 2010

Family Planning Clinic: Updates on contraception, ages and attitudes, sex education in schools, smear tests and menopause.

BPW Italy – Project to support maternity and prevent abandonment of children

1. “Conscious Maternity” – supporting pregnant women

  • Preventing unwanted pregnancies above all among very young girls
  • Activating a collaboration network between BPW Italy – FIDAPA and the organisations working on the territory, with the aim to safeguard the woman in general and the maternity in order to set up a base of knowledge and of exchange for the detection and the diffusion of good practices;
  • Knowing the real answer to the lay down the law of the institutions in force
  • Promoting a positive reply of women in difficulty
  • Taking actions to raise awareness among institutions to arrange more checks safeguarding women’s jobs
  • Easing awareness in the public opinion about the value of the conscious maternity and about the women’s rights to be a mother without sacrificing her job or an innocent life.
  • Making the immigrant women , who don’t have any point of reference, come out of their anonymity and providing them with all the necessary information.

2. “Refused Motherhood” – maternity education to support mothers and prevent abandonment of children

In Italy, there are about 600 legal cases relating to child abandonment every year. There also have ten times more cases that are illegal or unknown; the project seeks to find a way to reduce this number, and to  increase safety for mother and child.

86 per cent of Italian people don’t know that orphanages exist nowadays; there are more than 20.000 children that are not adopted but that are in foster homes.There are children which the Juvenile Court has decided to remove from their families because of unacceptable living conditions. In this case, the Court doesn’t want to transfer the child to another family for profit. So, the public service have to help people in trouble, RAI (Italian Public TV) and also Government with its Ministries.

This project started last year and it will persist to try to reach an important outcome.

Results – Information has reached a lot of people during television and radio broadcasting.

A loan has been obtained from the Government to have a national special day dedicated to inform people about opportunities and rights regarding maternity and children.


BPW Italy – Pain Management – 2009-2010

This is an ongoing project focused on pain prevention and its treatment: a better management of pain mediated through a precise knowledge of the therapeutic strategies and palliative treatment, training of medical staff and a public information. To realize this project PBW-Italy wants to do.


An agreement with: Italia Regions, the University( faculty of medicine and surgery and pharmacy), college of medical, chemical and nursing doctors, and medical unions for –

  • The realization of medical facilities and hospices of the need for better pain treatment
  • The compulsory teaching of pain therapy during medical degrees
  • Post degree courses for Specialists and General Practitioners.

BPW-Italy has promoted pain therapy education, because it is a human right, and the increase of knowledge through congresses, seminars and specific events.

Two conferences and a course for pediatricians have been realized during life-cycle of this project(2009-10) and

other events are in-coming.

BPW London in Canada – Stopping Human  Trafficking

Resolutions were submitted to both the provincial government and the federal government asking them to strengthen the criminal code to charge offenders of human trafficking and also to provide tougher penalties for users of sex trade workers and forced labour as a result of being trafficked into Canada.

The government was lobbied to provide better training for immigration officers and police forces so that they recognize trafficked persons coming into the country.  The government was also asked to work with the United Nations to eliminate child sex tourism and prosecute both users and those engaged in offering and arranging for child sex tourists to engage in such activity. These resolutions were passed by our Canadian delegates and submitted to our international congress where they were also passed.

In addition, in Canada, we asked our government to take measures to counter human trafficking during the Olympics in Vancouver in 2010.


A resolution has been submitted for debate at our upcoming convention in June asking the government to:

  1. Implement and fund a 24/7 hot line toll free phone number
  2. Provide safe houses or shelters for trafficked victims
  3. A toll free number for police officers, NGOs, front-line health workers and anyone who encounters human trafficking victims to call for immediate, 24-hour assistance.
  4. An official network of agencies working together to provide needed services and integrated police human trafficking task force that seeks victims and tracks perpetrators.

And further urging the government to amend the Criminal Code making it illegal to purchase sex.


In 2009 speakers were engaged to provide public awareness on human trafficking and on the effects of pornography and how it drives the sex trade industry. These included  David Batstone, from the University of California, Victor Malarek, Journalist with W5 and Robert Jensen from the University of Texas, Austin.

plus two speakers at the local level talking about human trafficking and the seriousness of the issue.

Results:  Four resolutions have been passed by our Canadian delegates and clubs are urged to continue their lobbying efforts to get the government to act on these resolutions.

There is one member of parliament who speaks out about the issue in parliament.

Some police forces have now dedicated an officer to focus on the issue locally.

Groups have been formed in Ontario (in approximately four different cities) as well as in British Columbia (BC Office to Combat Trafficking in Persons).  A local website has been established by the London group (

BPW Papua New Guinea – Maternal Health, Sex Education, Scholarships For Women

1. Submission to Ministerial Enquiry on Maternal Health 2008

BPW Port Moresby responded to the invitation to present a submission to the Ministerial Task Force on Maternal Health. See attached letter and submission.  The submission included two case studies on PNG women.  Speakers on Maternal Health addressed BPW meetings, a discussion group was formed and members were interviewed on national radio.

Articles by members have been published in BPW newsletters and in women’s magazines.

2. Sexual Health Information Kits – 2008/2009 and ongoing annual event

Many girls in PNG become sexually active at a very young age – not necessarily by choice – and yet they have little or no understanding of the reproductive system and the way in which sexual disease is transmitted. With this in mind last year we developed an information kit in the form of a bag that contained relevant information and advice and listed organisations where assistance may be obtained.

Results – We sourced donations of toiletries to make the ‘kits’ a little more enjoyable and they were distributed to senior female students throughout the National Capital District. It is planned to repeat this activity and if possible to extend this project country wide – if the logistics can be managed.

3. Training and Education of  Women

i) Scholarships for Girls and Women – ongoing since 1982

BPW Port Moresby generates funds to provide scholarships for girls and women to enable them to complete their education. In 2009 134 scholarships were awarded and in 2010 over 70 scholarships have been awarded to date. Improved education is a precursor to improved health. Scholarships recipients are invited to attend BPW meetings and participate in discussions on a range of women’s issues. A training program is offered to year 12 school leavers to prepare them for the work force.

Funds are raised for the programme from annual events held to celebrate International Women’s Day.

Results – Many PNG women have been able to continue their education as a result of BPW scholarships. Some have become successful professionals and business women including senior members of the public service, doctors and lawyers.  BPW has generated significant funds and has obtained a five grant thus ensuring sustainability of the program.

ii) Support for females to complete medical and nursing degrees. –BPW has assisted a number of young women to complete their medical programs and they are now practicing, resulting in increase in the number of qualified female medical personnel.

iii) Articles on women’s health issues in BPW newsletters and daily newspapers

BPW Canada – Health & Wellbeing Lectures

BPW Winnipeg Central held a Women’s Health Night with three speakers presenting on non-traditional health. The topics were Yoga, Chiropractor, Health Benefits of “TAB” Bra.

BPW Greater Sudbury held a Women’s Health and Wellness night chaired by Vicky Kotab, Chair of Health Committee, with four stations and speakers regarding Natural Mental Health, Reflexology, Weight Management, and EFT-emotional freedom technique.

BPW Greater Moncton had a series of meetings focused on health.  The topics included Work/Life Balance, plus a silent auction raising funds for CIBC “Run for the Cure’,  “The Healthaliciously Good Cookbook”., and a “Healthy Living Expo”.

BPW Europe – Gender and Health

1. BPW Europe In October 2009, answered a request for input from the European Commission regarding the European strategy for gender equality 2011-2016. Some of the points presented in that Position Paper concern health issues. BPW Europe has called for compulsory publication of gender statistics relative to members of the Board of Directors for companies with around 50 employees, public-sector related companies and semi-private management structures in all their publications and websites. This is one of the tools which can be used by civil-societies organisations to monitor the evolution of the number of women in decision-making positions in hospitals whether private or public, health boards, and other structures responsible for management of the health sector in each country.

BPW Europe has requested that in the health system, effort should be made to:

  • Integrate gender perspectives and differences in the initial and continuous training of doctors and nurses (e.g., description of different symptoms for men and women in certain illnesses should be part of doctors’ initial training)
  • Train doctors on gender-specific listening techniques as women may describe their symptoms in a different way to men
  • Ensure that all drug companies fully test their products on men and women before they are put on the market.
  • Encourage doctors to de-construct their inbuilt gender stereotypes which can lead them to order examinations for a man at an earlier stage than for a woman. Gender-based statistics are needed on this matter.

Results The European Commission has been made aware of some of the concerns transmitted by the boards of Federations and associate clubs from 13 different countries. The document is also a tool to raise awareness amongst members.

2. BPW Lille Métropole In 2009, started work with the law department of the Catholic University of Lille and the gender equality councillor of the City of Lille to organise a Conference on “Gender and Health” in May 2011. The main objective of this conference is to bring together professionals of the health sector, academics and civil society representatives to discuss the findings of WHO 2008 report on primary health care, and WHO 2009 report on women and health. BPW Lille Métropole is working on one of the two themes of the day: “women as professionals in the health sector” : balance between private and professional life, pay equality, participation in decision-making processes, including in health boards.

BPW Lille Métropole will also also raise awareness of the gender pay gap issue in the Health sector during the 2011 European Equal Pay – 15 April 2011.

This conference will also benefit from ongoing contacts and hopefully working relations with the Lille University Hospital Center, the Lille school of midwives and the Association Française des Femmes Médecins


BPW Porto Alegre, Brazil – Projects to raise awareness and improve early detection of breast and cervical cancer.

1. BPW – Porto Alegre participated in the regional campaign of the Breast Institute of Rio Grande do Sul (Imam) to raise awareness of society about health care of the breast, emphasizing the need for early detection of breast cancer for a greater chance of cure, as well as quality and speed in all processes of the network of health care for the breast. It also acts as a fulcrum for public policy and is recognized for promoting social mobilization and conscious collaboration. By engaging in the campaign, BPW – Porto Alegre sought to act as multiplier of awareness and social mobilization.
Results : Participation of the Committee on Health and other committees at lunch IMAMA in March 2009 and March 2010. Reciprocal participation in events of the IMAMA BPW – Porto Alegre, and vice versa, so as to enhance partnerships and build multipliers of the actions and initiatives of common interest.

Participation of BPW – Porto Alegre in the Day of Self-Care, sponsored by the Imam and held at Fowler Park in Poro Alegre, to provide community, information and services on health and welfare

2. BPW – Porto Alegre participated in the campaign by the  regional Office for Prevention of Cervical Cancer  (INCOLO)in the state of Rio Grande do Sul to reduce the incidence of cervical cancer.The campaign was led by gynecologist Dr. Paulo Naud and health professionals with a relevant activity linked to cancer of the cervix and opinion makers. The goal was to eliminate cancer of the cervix in the state through public awareness, training of professionals, providing technology and the creation of regional centers of care, decentralizing screening, diagnosis and treatment of such cancer. BPW – Porto Alegre, conscious of its role, acted as a multiplier of awareness and social mobilization.
Results: BPW – Porto Alegre, represented by its President of BPW – Porto Alegre, Mrs, Marinelsa Geyer de Oliveira, participated in the event of the campaign INCOLO, Shopping Mall, in Porto Alegre


BPW Argentina – Addiction Prevention Project.

October 2009 – Training day for female teachers, professionals, mothers and youth interested in the subject to educate to live in freedom from substance abuse. This event was attended by experts in psychology Nutrition, Doctors and clinical psychologists specializing in the topic . was conducted at the Institute of Buenos Aires Bernasconi.

2010 – BPW Argentina sponsored a project organized by Father Jorge Herrera Gallo of Minority at Risk to

provide workshops in art education and a Day in the Park Plaza Patricios, a neighborhood where many young addicts gather. The Foundation also provides assistance and guidance to mothers, helping and accompanying to the Courts girls who have suffered violence and sexual abuse by the father.

Buenos Aires Club BPW attended the Buenos Aires Health Fair, organized by the President of the Nation and the Ministry of Health, taking brochures, leaflets and posters that promoted health.


This helps to reduce prevention of addictions, and promoting the development of young people. There has been greater interest in work and habits of responsibility by parents, for not giving their children a life with much pain and submission . All agreed, parents and patients needed to educate their children, giving them another food, outdoors, in order to live freely, but with social responsibility. :

BPW Australia – Prevention of Foetal Alcohol Syndrome

At the BPW International Congress in 2008 in Mexico a resolution (15)  about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) was passed that called upon all BPW International Affiliates to:

  1. Educate physicians and other health professionals to screen, diagnose and treat FASD
  2. Prevent FASD by providing funding for addiction intervention and rehabilitation programs
  3. Increase public awareness designed to change attitudes and behaviours among women towards alcohol abuse during pregnancy among all age groups
  4. Legislate warning labels on alcoholic beverage containers about the dangers to the foetus prior to and during pregnancy, and lobby governments to use the tax collected on alcohol to subsidize programs to prevent FASD
  5. Develop a co-ordinated comprehensive FASD strategy involving all aspects of government, health care providers and substance abuse agencies.

The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health 2007 research indicated that 47% of women drink while pregnant. Drug and Alcohol Counsellors from Sydney West Area Health Service undertook similar research in 2009 that found a similar percentage of the white middle class area of Penrith Local Government Area drank whilst pregnant.

BPW Australia as part of its commitment to Resolution 15 began an awareness campaign requesting that all its clubs invite speakers to educate members about FASD and that is totally preventable.

BPW Australia wrote to the Federal Government Minister for Health imploring the government to provide additional funds to educate medical staff and the general community.

Results achieved:

The project has been adopted by some clubs of Australia but will need to be an ongoing program over several years to educate the community and our members. BPW Australia is collaborating with Rural Health which has begun to provide education tools such as DVDs to be shown at BPW meetings and conferences.

The lobbying of the governments, both state and federal, will need to be continued as the liquor industry is very strong in Australia and has a strong voice with the government as the tax on alcohol is very high in revenue for the government.

BPW Mexico – Smoking Reduction Project

Since October, 2008, an increase in the number of female smokers in Mexico was detected, therefore the members of the BPW Mexico  Health Committee, participated with Federal, State and  Municipal governments, in the preventative campaigns to reduce health  risks associated with damage caused by tobacco, alcohol and drugs.


So far in 2010, the number of female smokers has not increased (remaining at 20% of the smoking population), however we are attentive that the cases of young women smoking does not increase for 2011.

BPW Doutta Galla, Victoria, Australia – Body Image Workshops

BPW Doutta Galla started a pilot project in July 2007 on “Body Image & the Media” for year 9 and 10 students in the Moonee Valley region. Six schools were invited to participate, each inviting 15 students =  60 participants.

Funding was obtained from the Moonee Valley City Council for a community grant which enabled three workshops to be held in the Moonee Valley area in March, June and September 2008.

BPW Doutta Galla club member Karen Snelling was awarded a Telstra award for a community project which enabled the club to hold two more workshops in September 2009 and June 2010.

The Royal Women’s Hospital and the Centre for Adolescent Health provided support with contacts to the Facilitator, Kelly Nash (a comedian/women’s issues promoter), staff to attend and assist with any questions or issues raised by the young women in attendance. Facilitator Kelly Nash ran the workshop over two 45 min sessions.

Session 1 – performance by Kelly; talking about “how we look”, pressures placed on women, who dictates what’s “hot”, and what’s not. Body Image indicators – why so many people are dissatisfied and how media perpetuates the body image myths.

Session 2 – power of the mind and how to use it to feel good about yourself. Strategies to deal with Media’s messages designed to undermine self-esteem. Watched before & after shots of celebrities and “Dove” video.

Finally – workshop exercise about “who” is their hero and why admiration for them. (Role models about the way people are and what they do, not what they look like).


Evaluation – both students and teachers were evaluated, with extremely positive results obtained. Student’s feedback provided the incentive to see the value in continuing the workshops in the future.

BPW Doutta Galla funded another workshop held in November 2007 with 50 students attending, then applied for funding from local government.

BPW Cuiaba, Brazil – Sustainable Management of Water for Women of the Communities of Cuiabá, MT.

Sustainable Water Management for Women in Communities of Cuiabá, MT was created by BPW Cuiabá to match the efforts and local assets in support of development efforts in Cuiabá, Mato Grosso and Brazil.

An agreement was signed with the Special Secretary of Policies for Women of the Presidency of the Republic SPM / PR) , for co-participation with  BPW Brazil.

This is a program of 100 hours of education for sustainable water management consisted of training courses in water management, and other natural resources directed to poor communities, where absolute poverty prevails. The training courses are a decisive factor for health and safety, and empowered women in their personal and social development, aiming to eliminate leprosy in these communities and to promote prevention of disease in the vast Cuiabá. Other areas of health were addresses with respect to breast cancer, STDs / AIDS, and condom distribution.  BPW Cuiaba Project was the first effective initiative in this process.


The project met the demand and beyond, through the strengthening of communities by knowing capabilities and possibilities of managing their common problems, with great results in the resolution and referral of common issues, thus promoting equity, health, security, education (including literacy) and peace.

Awareness was increased that water is a basic precondition for the existence of life on Earth, as a finite resource and should be preserved.

Two books were produced : Handbook of Women’s Rights and the Women’s Health Handbook.

Production cooperatives were organized in the cooking area, which received the seal of equity provided by the organization, the chancellor directed the production and sustainability, as well as generating employment and income, empower traditional. Communities.

In the Pantanal region, there were courses in literacy and digital inclusion for women.and about 40 girls have learned to cultivate medicinal herbs. Most women over 40 years in the district had never had Pap tests and mammography. They were targeted for their health rights, and examinations within one year.

BPW Porto Alegre, Brazil – “Tree is Life” Project

Project ‘Tree is Life “was launched on June 5, 2007, World Environment Day, at the Marine Park of Brazil. The project goal is to achieve a large plantation, creating an area of biodiversity conservation, with forest species in a place open to the public with the aims of education, research and recreation for the citizens awareness of their responsibility to nature. For the period of this report, the project goal is 1000 tree seedlings planted.

Ms Yara Blochtein (Coordinator of the Committee on Environment and Deputy Coordinator of the Environment Commission for Latin America of BPW International) at the 53th Session of Commission on The Status of Women (CSW) in New York, signed an Agreement with the Association of Municipalities of Alto Jacuí (AMAJA) in Porto Alegre (05/24/2009), to plant one million trees by April 2010., in the presence of the Governor of Rio Grande do Sul, Mrs. Yeda Crucius, the President of BPW – Porto Alegre, Mrs. Yara Blochtein (Coordinator of the Environmental Committee of BPW-Porto Alegre), Mr. Rosado Berfran (State Secretary of the Environment), Mayor of Upper Guan and Project Coordinator Tree is Life, Mr. Nelson Nicolodi
Results :  Project Launch Tree is Life in Lagoa dos Três Cantos, with the official handover of a batch of

45 000 seedlings of a total of 300 000 which will be sent to the High Jacuí in 2009.

After the demonstrations in Parliament, the seedlings were transferred to municipalities that have registered to reforest certain areas and restore degraded areas, especially the Permanent Protection Areas (PPAs). The project targets the recovery of APPs in the Upper Jacuí you want in three years, to recover at least 30% of its PPAs and other degraded areas

The Project Tree is Life was featured in the XXI National Convention of Federation of Associations of Women Business Owners and Professionals from Brazil (CONF), performed between days 02-13/10/2009 in Florianopolis, Santa Catarina

The project has received support from UNEP UNITED NATIONS that requested records of planting. The project is registered in the program “a billion trees on planet earth.”


BPW International encourages affiliated clubs to educate members about healthy nutrition for women. Examples  include the following activities –

BPW Belmont,  Australia – Healthy Nutrition Lecture May 2010 – A lecture was presented by a Clinical Nutritionist, Naturopath and Pharmacist. Attendees were informed about the importance of correct nutrition fro health, the use of supplements, and how to combat food allergies.


BPW Caboolture, Australia  – Lecture 5 February 2010  Craig Kelly – The Science Geek  –  specialist in nutrition addressing diet, exercise, anorexia, bulimia and obesity under the topic “The Science of Fat”,the experiences of anorexia, bulimia, and childhood obesity, reviewed myths of diet, exercise and nutrition.

BPW Christchurch, NZ – A nutritionist from the Ministry of Health presented a lecture about nutrition for busy women.

BPW Mexico – Campaigns to improve nutrition, with emphasis on combating severe obesity in women and children, as children in Mexico hold first place worldwide in obesity. Now there is a program for free laboratory analysis of glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides, for adults and children, and follow up in the community and currently the list of foods that are permitted within the schools to be prepared within the student’s homes is being published. The number of obese women and children is expected to decrease for 2011.


BPW Kuwait – On September 2010, an educational workshop event will be held on healthy eating management for working women, including a lecture “Females and poor life choices”, a tutorial on the professional psychological management of work stress and a workshop on nutrition management during work time.

This event will be part of BPW Wellness Committee mission, into increasing the awareness of understanding the healthy complications of poor dieting and sedentary lifestyle to working females during all adulthood stages. Also, will focus on the causes, risk factors, and complication, psychological affects of gaining weight, medical and nutritional therapy.  Educational tips of healthy eating habits and eating modification will be provided as on practical workshop in addition to specific stress management methods. Especially that obesity and stress works are locally spread among Kuwaitis working women that are leading into increasing number of communicable disease as diabetes and heart problems.


BPW Estonia – Lectures on healthy nutrition and lifestyle focusing on Nutrition, Alternative medicine, and Exercising, including-

Speaker Helle Kahro – PH nutrition expert  April 2008 –  raising awareness of different diets.

Speaker Dr. Mihkel Zilmer – nutritionist  (Tartu University)April 2009 – raising  awareness of  balanced nutrition and the goals of it.

Workshop Traditional recepies (Granny knows) Oct 2009– raising awareness of healthy nutrition, advantages of traditional cooking and organic food.

Speaker Tiia Hansar: Nutrition on cellular basis. Jan 2010 – preventing diseases through nutrition.

Gong- therapy Nov 2008 – Impact of holistic instruments on your mind and soul; how to influence different organs.

Alternative methods for healing tumours. May 2009 – raising the awareness of alternative medicine to classical treatments.

BPW Almeida, USA –  Health Reform Legislation

In conjunction with the consideration by the U.S. Congress of health care reform legislation, Isle City of Alameda BPW participated in education seminars to bring factual information to local residents regarding the principles included in the legislation as well as implementation impacts which might occur in our region.  Approximately 1% of the local population (700) participated in these events.  Presenters included health care professionals and educators.


A more informed citizenry prepared to ask intelligent questions of their health care insurer and health care providers

BPW International encourages affiliated clubs to inform their members about medical products and technologies related women’s health and well being.

Examples of activities include –

BPW Caboolture, Australia – Lecture 4 June 2010  by Maria Waldock, Pathologist and Live and Dry Blood Specialist about technology used to analyse live and dry blood samples, diagnoses arising there from, movements over time in the “normal range” of many conditions.

BPW Belmont, Australia – 26 May 2008 a lecture was held by Gail Lazzaro, Senior Scientist, Red Cross Blood Bank to raise awareness of the importance of gathering cord blood for stem cell research to enhance the future health of people  suffering from currently incurable diseases and conditions. Attendees were made aware of the Cord Blood Bank and its importance in health research

BPW Nigeria – holds a biennial event about donating blood, particularly for the use of pregnant women, women of child-bearing age, and sick children. The attendees are made aware of the need to donate blood voluntarily, and how blood is made available to the target groups above during an emergency.

BPW Porto Alegre, Brazil – A lecture on 8 June 2009 to 58 attendees by Tatiana Bressel, Biologist, PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology, Specialist in Forensic Biology and Genetics on preventive health practices and healthy practices for the individual’s balance with your body, your mind and with the environment in which they live. Emphasis on the necessity of ingesting water, exercising, sleeping well and promote pro-active health integral. Preventive medicine improves the quality of life. The technique (análise Nutritional and functional blood periférico) of analysis of high resolution optical microscopy and two drops of the patient’s finger, to assess the cellular metabolism of the patient and verify the real demands of the organism. The survey provides information on risk factors different fields of medicine, nutrition and fitness of the individual.


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