The IBSA Women's Forum was launched by the IBSA Heads of States during the 2nd Summit in South Africa on 16 October 2007. The IBSA Women’s Forum is a platform where three countries join hands in order to ensure the empowerment of women in all possible areas. The Forum seeks to contribute towards the transformation of women’s lives in the three countries, thereby supporting their respective governments’ efforts aimed at gender equality and women’s empowerment. The Forum brings together both governmental and non-governmental organisations in the IBSA countries working in the field of Women and Child Development. This forum is playing an important role to empower women both economically and socially.
Five meetings of IBSA Women’s Forum have been held so far. The last meeting was hosted by New Delhi on 14-16 May 2013.
The issues covered by Women’s Forum are -
Violence against women
Impact of global financial crisis on women’s lives
Climate Change and Green Economy
A tripartite MOU on cooperation in the field of Women's Development and Gender Equality Programmes was signed in New Delhi on 15 October 2008.