ABSIP has made the empowerment of black women one of its key strategic objectives from 2006 and beyond. Through specific and targeted activities, ABSIP believes that we can make a meaningful contribution towards the progression of women leaders within the financial sector. Women entering financial services, an industry that is dominated by men, require support, mentorship and nurturing. Without a well-considered intervention, we are unlikely to reach the milestones set in the Financial Sector Charter and the DTI’s Codes of Good Practice with respect to adequate representation of women at top levels of influence in decision-making and growth in our economy. AWIF seeks to make this intervention, thereby ensuring that women draw on what is unique to their socialisation as women and are able to create a different path to the top.