Young Leaders Connect

Who we are

The International Women’s Forum (“IWF”), founded in the USA in 1982, is an organisation of more than 7000 accomplished and diverse women from more than 33 nations across six continents. It advances women’s leadership across careers, cultures and continents by connecting the world’s most pre-eminent women of significant and diverse achievement and it brings together an unprecedented global membership to exchange ideas, to learn and inspire and to promote better leadership for a changing world.
The South African chapter (“IWFSA”) was founded 19 years ago by our patron, Mrs Zanele Mbeki, together with a group of women leaders.
Land a hand
Commit to making the change

Words are not enough
Together we can take action against GBVF

The private sector will lead the GBVF Response Fund1, with the International Women’s Forum South Africa (IWFSA) playing the leading role in its establishment.

Young Leaders Connect

Young Leaders Connect IDEAL Program

In August 2020, IWFSA relaunched the Young Leaders Connect IDEAL Program ( “YLC IDEAL “), with aim of developing the next generation of leaders. The YLC IDEAL programme details can be found here (

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Tribute in celebration of an exemplary and beautiful life

Dr Vuyokazi Mahlati

7/9/1965 – 12/10/2020

This book is a compilation of tribute messages received via the WhatsApp tribute site set up by IWFSA, a selection of messages from memorial services and various other platforms, in loving memory and in celebration of Dr Vuyo’s beautiful life.

A Resource Guide for Women Across South Africa.

Little Black Book

The Precious Little Black Book provides South African women with information about their rights, health, education and economic empowerment, as well as know-how about social and legal issues. We believe every woman has the ‘right to know’ and that this book will therefore become precious to them.

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