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  • Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Women’s Forum

    Raising the awareness of women’s issues in Commonwealth countries and showing how women’s contributions can have a positive impact politically, economically and socially.

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  • Supporting human development

    Our work centres on gender equality and the empowerment of women

  • Commonwealth Women's Affairs Ministers Meetings

    Discussing critical issues in advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality in the Commonwealth.

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  • Promoting gender equality

    Supporting women entrepreneurs, tackling violence against women and their underrepresentation in political systems and leadership.

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Gender

We work to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in all social, economic and political spheres.

We provide technical assistance to member countries to support skills training and capacity building initiatives, monitoring and evaluation and high level advocacy, research and knowledge generation and lead the way for building consensus on key global gender priorities for the Commonwealth. 

Our work centres on key aspects of human development towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, Post-2015 Sustainable Goals, and global commitments on gender equality and overall empowerment of women.

There are three inter-linked functions to our gender work:

  1. Promoting women’s rights and gender equality in Commonwealth countries through advocacy, policy advice, capacity building, and technical assistance.
  2. Convening triennial meetings of Commonwealth Ministers responsible for Women’s Affairs, annual meetings of Commonwealth Women’s National Machineries and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Women’s Forum.
  3. Leading and coordinating systems and mechanisms for effective gender mainstreaming. 

Peace in the home means peace in our communities, says Secretary-General

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has made her inaugural speech at the High Level Segment of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

Human rights high on agenda for speakers of parliament

A delegation of more than 30 speakers and parliamentary officials met with Secretary-General Patricia Scotland last week to hear her plans and share advice on how to best work together to achieve equality.

Blog: "Child marriage in the Commonwealth – a significant human rights challenge"

Enala Ngulu lives in Karonga, in rural Malawi. She lost both her parents when she was only eight years old. At the age of 13 she was married to a man of 47. He had two other wives. At a time when she should have been in school, learning about the world and how to make a contribution as a young woman, she was forced to grapple with adult responsibilities such as a marriage, a household and child-bearing.