BPW Nigeria was started by Mrs. Theodora Obafunmilayo Manawa and a group of women in Lagos in 1961. The Lagos club became an associate club in 1962 followed by Ibadan and Enugu in 1964. In 1965 all these club became known as the Nigerian Federation of Business and professional Women. Today there are 9 clubs 7 major cities in Nigeria and at least five other clubs are in the proceed of formation YBPW


The International Federation of Business and Professional Women (IFBPW) was founded in 1930 by an American, Mrs. Lena Madesin Philips. The first club took off in Geneva, Switzerland. Today it has grown to include clubs in over one hundred countries around the world.


Facts You Should Know

  • The IFBPW is the largest organized network of business and professional women in the world.
  • The IFBPW is a non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-governmental organization whose sole purpose is to help women achieve their full potential in society.
  • The IFBPW has consultative category i status which the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It also has consultative status and special relations with the International Labor Organization (ILO), UNESCO UNCTAD, WHO, UNICEF, UNIFEM, FAO and IFAD.
  • The IFBPW has permanent representatives at the United Nations and its agencies in New York Geneva, Paris and Vienna.
  • The IFBPW has played a major role in all four, World Conference For Women from 1975-1995.
  • The IFBPW presents the views of business and professional women to world and professional women to world organization and agencies.

About BPW Nigeria

BPW strives to help women achieve economic independence and assume their rightful position in business, the workplace, in  politics  and all decision making processes through education, advocacy and the provision of opportunities.

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