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Business women draft resolution to aid in Nigerian kidnapping crisis

(From left) Jill Worobec, Heather Mary Stewart and Deanna Evertt draft a resolution urging the provincial government to join the global campaign to
(From left) Jill Worobec, Heather Mary Stewart and Deanna Evertt draft a resolution urging the provincial government to join the global campaign to 'Bring Back Our Girls Now & Alive.'
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Women leaders united at the recent conference and annual general meeting for the Business and Professional Women (BPW) of BC and Yukon.

The event was held Best Western Regency Inn and Conference Centre from June 6 to 8.

During the Saturday meeting, a letter was read which was sent by the BPW Canada to Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the Nigerian Boko Haram kidnappers and the "Bring Back Our Girls” campaign.

This prompted an urgent Skype call between the delegates and attendees of the conference and the BPW International regional coordinator for Africa, Adenike Adeyanju-Osadolor, in Nigeria.

Adeyanju-Osadolor provided first-hand information on the situation. She emphasized that global awareness and assistance were urgently needed.

Immediately after, the BPW BC and Yukon group motioned to draft an emergency resolution.

BPW International vice-president Jill Worobec, BPW BC and Yukon president Heather Mary Stewart and BPW Langley president Deanna Evertt then broke from the group to work on and create a resolution urging the provincial government to join the Global campaign to "Bring Back Our Girls Now & Alive."

The resolution is now on its way to all members of the provincial government.

Also at the conference, Worobec brought back a fundraising shirt from BPW Africa with the slogan “#Bring Back Our Girls Now & Alive.” These shirts are printed and sold with all proceeds going toward the cause.

The BPW is an advocacy group for women and girls in local communities and across the globe.

The International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International) has clubs in more than 100 countries around the world and category consultative status at the United Nations.

Notable Canadian members of the BPW include Emily Carr, Kim Campbell, Mobina Jaffer, Roberta Bondar and Rita Johnston.

For more information, visit bpwcanada.com.

 

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