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Partnerships 16 October 2023

IWFSA Honours Leadership Excellence At The Prestigious Hall Of Femme Awards 2023

In a resplendent collaboration, the International Women’s Forum South Africa (IWFSA) and Standard Bank will be lauding the stellar achievements of outstanding women at the annual Hall of Femme Awards. Scheduled for Thursday, 19th October 2023 at Standard Bank’s Rosebank head office, this exclusive event bears the inspiring theme, "Pay It Forward."

Open only to IWFSA members and select invitees, the awards serve as a beacon, highlighting the tireless commitment and relentless drive of women who not only excel in their respective fields but also open doors for the next generation of leaders.

The ethos of IWFSA is firmly rooted in the belief that by empowering visionary women and fostering a culture of mentorship, we create a robust framework of unwavering support. This support system emboldens women to challenge conventional norms, redefine leadership paradigms, and carve their paths to success. Through initiatives like the IWFSA Alumni and Young Leaders Connect - IDEAL (YLC-IDEAL), the organization cultivates an environment that moulds, educates, and mentors the voices that will shape South Africa's future.

Irene Charnley, President of IWFSA, remarks, "For far too long, women have been relegated to the shadows. At IWFSA, we champion each woman, recognizing their individual contributions, and urging women to unite, lifting one another. In unity, our potential is limitless."

IWFSA member and Chief Operating Officer at Standard Bank, Margaret Nienaber, echoes this sentiment: “Standard Bank recognises gender equity as both a fundamental human right and a business imperative. Our purpose, to drive sustainable and inclusive growth in Africa, depends on the economic empowerment of women, and the celebration of diversity in all its facets. We are committed to advancing gender equality and women empowerment in the workplace, marketplace, and community, and these align seamlessly with IWFSA's mission. As we mark our second consecutive year of sponsorship, we envision a future where the recognition of diversity in all its forms – helps us to challenge one another’s thinking in safe and trusted environments. South Africa, and the African continent is filled with opportunity, and we are excited about the role women play in it fulfilling its potential. Africa is our home, we drive her growth.”

The IWFSA forms the South African arm of the International Women’s Forum (IWF), a formidable organization comprising over 7,500 distinguished members from 36 nations and spanning six continents. IWF Global takes pride in its diverse board - arguably one of its most varied in its history, encompassing 19 Forums across 13 countries. Notably, our very own South African President, Ms. Irene Charnley, has been elected to the illustrious IWF Global Board of Directors for the 2023-2025 tenure.

IWF consistently galvanizes an elite global membership base to foster exchanges, drive inspiration, and champion exemplary leadership for an ever-evolving world. Committed to propelling women’s leadership across a multitude of domains, the IWF serves as a nexus for influential women who have left indelible marks in their fields. United in purpose, we are the voices championing change, leading the charge towards a sustainable tomorrow.

Do follow us on social media:
Instagram and Facebook: @IWFSA
Twitter: @IWFSA1
LinkedIn: IWFSA Organisation


The following spokespeople are available for interviews:
Irene Charnley, President of IWFSA

Nolitha Fakude, Vice President of IWFSA

Basetsana Kumalo, Board Member of IWFSA

Margaret Nienaber, COO Standard Bank
Bio: Margaret Nienaber | Standard Bank

Distributed on behalf of IWFSA.
For additional information, images, and media interviews, please contact:
Thando Dhaza
[email protected]
079 429 8263


Refilwe Rasebotsa
[email protected]