On January 24, 1968, BPW Busan Club was established for the first time in Korea. On May 20, 1969, BPW Seoul Club was approved by
BPW International to become an Associate Member. BPW Korea was officially joined as an active member of BPW International
on September 20, 1969.
Key Achievements of BPW Korea
○ Abolition of forced resignation from employment made against female bankers by reason of marriage
BPW Korea have organized a special task force team since 1974 to pursue "Abolishment of Forced Resignation by Reason of Marriage”
Organized a seminar on “the Status of Female Bankers in Korea"
Received extremely positive support from the mass media by informing the issue to the public. It was claimed that forced resignation
from employment upon marriage was violation of law.
Appealed to each major banks in Korea and to the Minister of Finance to address the relevant issues
○ Abolishment of gender discrimination in retirement age
After seven years of litigation, we received confirmation from the Korean court that discrimination in retirement age is violation of law.
○ Contribution to the improvement of the social status of Korean women
Some of the first BPW Korea members became a bank director and a Minister.
○ UN Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women
2nd UN World conference on Women at Copenhagen CEDAW was signed by 64 countries but Korea was excluded.
8th of July 1984, BPW Korea urged the government to join CEDAW. Three years later, Korea joined CEDAW.
○ As a result, the "Women's Special Committee" and the "Women's Standing Committee" were established in the National Assembly in cooperation with NGOs in Korea.
○ The BPW Gold Award was established in 1993.
BPW Korea gives this Gold Award to men and organizations who have contributed to women's rights and job creations.
○ BPW Korea has been giving career guidance to high school girls and female college students for about 40 years.
We also support the International Internship program, the senior HRD program, and the re-employment of housewives and retired women.
○ WEP: Women's Empowerment Principles & Equal Pay Day campaign
Since 2009, we have been campaigning to strengthen the women's empowerment in the enterprise, and we have been campaigning for equal pay to reduce the wage gaps.
The goal of BPW is to foster women's professional competence and leadership so that many more women can stand in the position of leaders and, ultimately, to make them have equal roles with men and to influence in the places making significant decisions.
The BPW Korea Federation pursues to improve the rights of professional women, to encourage them to unite actions, and to reach higher occupational levels. To promote ties and friendship with professional women in other countries and to fulfill the domestic and global responsibilities imposed on professional women, the following activities are carried out:
- 1. Help women who are engaged in professions to improve their qualities by conducting various cultural activities
toward a higher level.
- 2. Exchange information and promote public relations activities so that women can achieve equal status in all fields of society, culture, economy and politics.
- 3. Organize political events that women can receive vocational and cultural education, and promote and encourage programs to exercise skills for others as well as for themselves.
- 4. Promote friendship through various communications to strengthen relations with other professional women and attend international conferences to promote understanding through the introduction and promotion of our countries.
- 5. Encourage women with specialized knowledge and special skills to enter into higher position for governmental and social organizations.