South African women in leadership have heeded the call to be the change they want to see in the world. In celebration of 20 years of democracy in South Africa, The International Women’s Forum of South Africa (IWFSA) will convene an IWFSA conference on 18-19 June 2014 at the Sandton Convention Centre.
This forms part of the Africa Women’s Decade (continent wide) activities and will expose African women leaders to IWF prior to the IWF Global Cornerstone Conference in 2015 also hosted by IWFSA.
The theme Africa Rising: Setting an inclusive agenda recognises Africa’s recent growth. The idea of the conference is to unpack the rise of Africa and direct conversation towards setting an inclusive agenda to expand and sustain gains towards addressing the Sub Saharan current issues.
The African perspective will be showcased by some outstanding speakers. These include IWFSA Past Presidents, Minister Naledi Pandor (Minister of Home Affairs), Ms Bridgitte Radebe and Dr. Namane Magau. Guest speakers Ms Gill Marcus, South African Reserve Bank Governor, Botswana’s Reserve Bank Governor Ms Linah Mohohlo, Ghana Investment Promotion CEO, Mrs Mawuena Trebarh and Ms Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi (Africa Development Bank) will unpack Africa’s growth and stimulate the inclusive growth agenda-setting debate. Other speakers include: Ms Wendy Appelbaum, Ms Tryphosa Ramano (CFO PPC), and Ms Irene Charnley (Founder and CEO Smile Communication),
Former President Thabo Mbeki will deliver a keynote address on Peace and Development in Africa.
The International Women’s Forum (IWF) is a global organisation of preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement who come together across national and international boundaries to share knowledge and ideas, enrich lives, provide a network of support and exert influence.
Furthermore, through its Leadership Foundation, the IWF helps prepare future generations of women leaders. With forums throughout North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, the IWF facilitates networking among women of achievement and promotes opportunities for women in leadership.
Founded in 1982 in the United States, the IWF has grown across five continents into 26 nations and 60 affiliated forum locations and currently has a membership of over 5 000 women leaders. Through international programmes, conferences, galas, symposia, communications, publications and special functions, members are able to meet, experience and exchange ideas and goals – some of which influence industry, shape economies and define government policies worldwide.
The International Women’s Forum of South Africa (IWFSA) was established in 2000 when its patron, Mrs Zanele Mbeki, together with a group of woman leaders, set up a South African chapter of the IWF. IWFSA currently has some 70 members drawn from government, business, the sciences, the arts and numerous other areas.
IWFSA, established in 2000, is a progressive organization of women leaders whose vision is to educate, empower, nurture and mentor the next generation of women leaders in South Africa through various programmes. IWFSA is a chapter of IWF, a global membership organization headquartered in Washington DC with 62 affiliated forums in 26 countries and five continents and has over 5 000 members worldwide.
The complete programme is available on www.iwfsa.co.za.