BWA Initiatives

It plays a key role in highlighting the current role of women in leadership and acts to collectively advocate on  business and economic issues in an effort to transform the economy and women’s participation and dividends in that economy. It advances member’s interests and lobbies for further participation in the economy. It is also an effective platform for career enhancing initiatives such as training and mentorship schemes and serves as an important networking forum.

The BWA provides a valuable platform for the inspiration and capacity building of women in business through a variety of initiatives and opportunities for growth and development. Apart from creating conversations that examine structures and methods of doing business locally, regionally and internationally, creating networking platforms for its members, availing excellent business training opportunities, facilitating research on experiences of women business and board membership, BWA makes a strong contribution towards developing the next generation of women business leaders.

It dates back to 1979 with its roots in the Executive Women’s Club the National Association of Women Business Owners and the Professional Women’s Leadership Development Organisation and has a proud history of advancing women’s interests in the business field.  More recently, as part of its on-going efforts to strengthen the role and recognition of women in South Africa, BWA committed itself to spearheading an Economic Gender Advocacy Programme which is specifically linked to developing the content of the new Women Empowerment and Gender Equity Bill and creating a Charter for Women's Empowerment.

The BWA also published the South African Women in Leadership Census, the only analytical publication of this nature in South Africa. The Census is an important tool to measure gender equity and equality in corporate South Africa. Further examples of this on-going research and advocacy work include investigations into the status of government procurement policies, practices and measures regarding women-owned businesses.

The Association has branches around the country with headquarters in Johannesburg.  Branches provide local and national forums where members can exchange ideas and become informed about topical issues and create business opportunities.

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