Watch: “Professional women still have obstacles in their way” – Mariella Camilleri, BPW Valletta

The International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International) was formed on the August 26th 1930 and is one of the oldest international organisations, celebrating 90 years of history.

BPW has become one of the most influential international networks of business and professional women with affiliates in 95 countries in five continents. It currently has over 45,000 members from over 110 countries spread over five continents.

The local Malta branch, BPW Valletta Malta, has been in operation over the last 10 years. In that time, it has organised a number of events that have helped not only current women in their business and professional world but also those of the future.

BPW Valletta President Mariella Camilleri explained to Newsbook.com.mt that BPW has consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and participatory status with the Council of Europe. Its members include influential women leaders, entrepreneurs, business owners, executives, professionals and young career women.

“Women in general, we tend to hold ourselves back”

Camilleri says that the difference between the sexes is that a man will say, “OK, I’m going to apply for a job”, whether or not they have the qualifications, while women are more cautious.

“I still hear my father from time to time saying, ‘You’re going to get married, you’re going to stay home and have kids,” Camilleri reminisces, “it’s not as bad now. But I think it’s ‘inbred’ in us; we grow with this feeling. And then you have the stubborn ones like me, who say ‘I’m just going to do this!’ But I think, women in general, we tend to hold ourselves back.”

Newsbook.com.mt will soon be featuring a number of interviews with professional women which were undertaken by BPW Valletta Malta