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BPWCR transfers experience to women’s organisations in Central and Southern Europe

The non-profit organization Business & Professional Women CR (BPWCR) was successful in obtaining a unique grant from the Central European Initiative (CEI), through which it can share good practice examples of Equal Pay Day (EPD) conferences with women’s organizations in Central and Southern Europe. A total of 14 women professionals from seven countries, namely Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Northern Macedonia, Slovakia and Serbia, will be able to actively participate in the Equal Pay Day conference on 8 April 2022 at the Clarion Congress Hotel Prague, to get inspired by the latest trends in promoting women’s economic participation in society, to learn about good practice examples in sustainability or to gain more insight into the field of investing, and most importantly, to gain inspiration for organizing a similar event in their country.  

Participants of the EPD conference will also be able to experience the speed mentoring that accompanies it.  At the same time, experts from the CEI project will receive mentoring training and will try out the role of mentors themselves during the mentoring day, which falls on Saturday 9 April 2022. The artist Edina Seleskovic from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the investor, founder and first president of Women/Business/Angels Eszter Szabó from Hungary and Jaroslava Vaculčiaková, a lecturer, coach and expert on the highly topical topic of resilience, will share their stories.

BPWCR is organizing the Equal Pay Day conference for the 13th year and during this time, the conference focusing on the issue of unequal pay and the position of women in society has become not only a major conference accompanied by other side events in the form of mentoring days, but also a society-wide platform that highlights a serious societal issue. 

The Equal Pay Day conference is regularly featured on the EU website as an example of a good event highlighting the issue of equal pay for men and women.  The conference offers simultaneous interpretation, and in addition to the Czech audience, it is attended by foreign experts, ambassadors and executives from multinational companies. 

Lenka Št’astná, President and Founder of BPWCR, says: “It is a great honor for our organisation to be able to transfer our experience to other countries thanks to the CEI grant.  Over the past 12 years, the EPD conference has earned the respect of experts on equal pay, diversity and inclusion, popularity for its unique atmosphere among participants and the support of partners.  A big thank you to all of them.  I look forward to visiting a similar event with BPWCR members in our Central or Southern European partners in the years to come.”