Women Sustainability Forum

In collaboration with partners and investors, the Women Sustainability Forum (in-situ and online) aims to discuss best practices, impact research and entrepreneurial endeavors concerning women, sustainability, leadership and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Women Sustainability Forum has taken the form of workshops, seminars and group discussions in Latin America, Africa and Asia-Pacific.

The Forum is intended to discuss case studies that cut across various areas of sustainability science, policy and practice. The way that women are represented or challenged within disruptive industries and challenging environments, the linkages with the industry and socio-environmental sustainability issues, attraction and retention of women in sustainability at the workplace, inclusive sustainable business models, women entrepreneurs and implications for their livelihoods, for example, are some of the topics the forum covers.

Past Women Sustainability Forums

WSF 2015
Women Sustainability Forum
Integrating a Gender Lens into the Industry

Location: Vina del Mar, Chile

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WSF 2016
Women Sustainability Forum
Exceptional Women in Sustainable Extractives and Leadership

Location: Medellin, Colombia

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WSF 2017
Women Sustainability Forum
Towards Sustainable Human Capital Development: Attraction and Retention of Women in the Extractive Industry

Location: Antofagasta, Chile

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WSF 2018
Women Sustainability Forum
Women Capacity-building for Sustainable Developme

Location: Lusaka, Zambia

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WSF 2019
Women Sustainability Forum
The Role of Women in Sustainable Consumption and Production

Location: Tokyo, Japan

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WSF 2020
Women Sustainability Forum
Gender Mainstreaming in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Location: Hybrid (Brisbane, Australia & Digital)

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WSF 2021
Women Sustainability Forum
Gender Mainstreaming in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: A Global Overview

Location: Hybrid (Colombo, Sri Lanka & Digital)

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WSF 2022
Women Sustainability Forum
Gender and Climate Change; Education for Sustainable Development

Location: Hybrid (Manila, Philippines & Digital)

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WSF 2023 Abstract Submission Open!

We are happy to inform you that the Abstract Submission for the Women Sustainability Forum 2023 (WSF23) is now open!

This is the 9th version of the WSF focusing on the theme of Towards Sustainable Futures: Gender Mainstreaming in Business Sustainability in a New Global Order and will be divided into 3 sessions:

S1. Business Sustainability 

S2. Sustainable Futures

S3. Panel Showcase

Both oral and poster contributions are welcome! Please note, however, that this is a digital event and in-person attendance is preferred for the oral presentations. Email us at connect@ibf.international to get further information about sponsorship opportunities. 

Download abstract submission guidelines below:

Important Dates

Registration and Abstract Submission: May, 30

Asia Pacific and Africa

Forum Date: June 14, 2023 

Time:  5:00 PM – 9:00 PM (AEST)


Forum Date: June 15, 2023  

Time: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (AEST)