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. 

The IWFSA members, who are at the top of their fields of endeavour and who have nationally and internationally identifiable track records, enjoy unique networking opportunities through local and international conferences, workshops, meetings and forum events and strive to be “the voice” for women in South Africa and the continent by influencing opinion and advocating for women’s issues at the highest levels of government, business and civil society.


IWFSA is a powerful membership of pre-eminent women across sectors and cultures who come together to inspire and invigorate each other on key issues which will impact a changing world, and are committed to developing and delivering programmes which advance future women leaders.


IWFSA is a progressive organisation of women leaders whose vision is to educate, empower and mentor the next generation of women leaders in South Africa. This is done through various leadership programmes.