Women Working
for Change

WOMEN WORKING FOR CHANGE (WFC)
is a network and platform of female business leaders in Africa.

Our story

WFC was born in 2015, at a turning point in the struggle for women’s rights across the world. Nepal had appointed its first female president. Saudi Arabian women voted for the first time. Canada achieved its first gender-balanced cabinet. Ouma Laouali became the first female pilot in Niger while Zimasa Mabela took command on a navy vessel in South Africa, the first ever African woman to achieve this distinction.

2015 was also declared the year of women empowerment towards Africa Agenda 2063 by the African Union while in Nigeria and Gambia the centuries old ritual of female mutilation was banned. Socially, economically, politically and culturally, women’s empowerment appeared in good health.

But at the same time, research, studies and reports were being released, demonstrating that in fact, the global gender gap across health, education, economic opportunity and politics had only closed by 4% in the last decade.

As business leaders and key influencers in Africa, we were reminded more than ever, of our duty to address massively inequality particularly in developing and advocating women’s leadership in the African private sector, ever our primary area of focus and expertise.

Hence our symbolic launch, in March 2016, at the Africa CEO forum in Abidjan that was a reach out to Africa’s top business leaders. And the creation of a partnership to generate the long-term, sustainable momentum, needed to drive change on the continent.

Since then, WFC has grown, evolved and become ever more effective at tackling the challenges faced by businesswomen in leadership positions in Africa.

The WFCs cutting-edge initiatives and anchor projects include:

WFC At the Africa CEO Forum: 2016.
WFC Mentors & Future Leaders: 2017.
WFC The Summit: 2018.
WFC The Network: 2018.
WFC Get Women on Board:  2019.
WFC The Gender Diversity Charter: 2019.

 

Growing from strength to strength, WFC continues to inspire, shape and provide a platform for businesswomen driven to create lasting change.

Our name

Change is still in short supply when it comes to gender-equality in Africa.
But change cannot be decreed: it is a choice, a mindset, a process and a way of doing business that requires focus, talent and action.

In February 2020, The Women in Business Initiative was renamed, Women Working for Change (WFC) to reassert our commitment to nurturing and igniting women in leadership positions. Women like us, who are driven to transforming the landscape of African business.

 

Our mission

WFC is a catalyst and trusted partner, in the lives of African businesswomen, hungry for change and driven to succeed. WFC is a transformative platform providing efficient self-development and advocacy tools along with influential networking.

 

 

Our vision

A fairer, stronger, more competitive African business world, empowered by gender-equal transformative leadership:

50% women on boards.
50% women CEOs.
50% women in management committees.
50% women at the top of Africa’s top 500 companies.
50%  women in the workplace and equal pay.

Our audiences

  • Senior & aspiring African businesswomen leaders
  • Leading and/or forward-thinking African companies,  institutions and bodies from the private sector
  • Progressive opinion leaders and media on a worldwide basis

Who are fully engaged and committed to Africa’s development and who want to make an impact in Africa’s growth story.

Trust indicators

  • 1 & 30
    1 reputable chairman, Daphne Mashile-Nkosi and 30 prominent ambassadors.
  • 1000
    A network of 1000 leading business women
  • 3000
    The number of female leaders mobilized in 3 years
  • 90 %
     The satisfaction rate across our initiatives
  • 85
    The growing attendance rate at our key events
  • +60
    Iconic partners and sponsors who journey alongside us
  • 6
    Anchor initiatives and signature properties: WFC The Summit, WFC Mentors & Future Leaders, The WFC Network, WFC at the Africa CEO Forum, The WFC Diversity Gender Charter, Get African Women on Board

Our values

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Impact

Impact

Impact

We’re not very good with small talk. We mean business. We mean tangible results. We convert the inspiring momentum we have created, the exposure we have gained and the potential we have unleashed into breakthrough leadership and concrete solutions that impact the ecosystems wherever women do business in Africa.

Bravery

Bravery

Bravery

Challenging the status quo, changing mindsets, getting and keeping that seat at the table, defeating self-censorship, engaging key stakeholders, driving transformation and achieving what is rightfully ours is a challenging task. We undertake it with courage, perseverance and talent.

Sisterhood

Sisterhood

Sisterhood

We are a collective of leaders and businesswomen who thrive in unity. We learn from one another and grow together. It’s a community built on trust, co-creation and being each other’s champions. Solidarity and inspiration guide us through our journey as we share in each other’s success

Greatness

Greatness

Greatness

We owe it to ourselves and to Africa. We set the bar high and strive to achieve a better version of ourselves as leaders and as individuals. We do not compromise on our ethics, behavior or expertise. We believe striving for greatness is an agent of change. And a catalyst for iconic leadership.

Legacy

Legacy

Legacy

We open new roads for ourselves and for generations to come. And we write stories about women leaders worthy of being shared. We endeavor to pass on our hard-won experience, knowledge and a legacy of best practices and sustainable platforms