Global Women in PR to launch

Global Women in PR, a new international association linking groups of women working in the comms industry, opens for business this week.

Some participants from the 2014 menotring scheme led by Women in PR and PRWeek UK
Some participants from the 2014 menotring scheme led by Women in PR and PRWeek UK

GWPR is launching at the International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO) Global Summit, which is being held in Milan on 8-9 October.

It will work to enable groups of senior PR women worldwide to come together to share ideas, contacts and experiences and to campaign on the major issues directly affecting women working in the PR industry today.

GWPR has been formed by Susan Hardwick and Angela Oakes, former joint presidents of UK group Women in PR - which has partnered with PRWeek UK in a gender pay gap survey, a mentoring project for women in the industry and other initiatives.

A statement from Hardwick and Oakes says: "The widely reported gender pay gap and the lack of women in the boardroom are two major issues that are not limited to the UK PR industry, but affect those working in PR worldwide.

"Coupled with what we believe to be an important vehicle for senior women to meet in a non-competitive environment, WPR also offers its members a chance to help shape the future of the industry and to act as mentors to the next generation. We want our successful networking blueprint in the UK to be rolled out globally and are taking the first steps to make this happen."

ICCO president David Gallagher said: "Women are the heart, soul and mind of PR consultancy all over the world, and we at ICCO are pleased to be associated with GWPR's ambitious global plans."

The launch of GWPR is supported by Business Wire, which has also sponsored WPR in the UK.

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