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Gender equality

The Commonwealth Secretariat promotes gender equality as a core value enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter and Gender Equality Policy

"Gender equality is a human right and fundamental principle of the Commonwealth. It is also a critical means of contributing to the Commonwealth's goals of eradicating poverty, building resilient societies and economies, harmonious communities and promoting sustainable development." - Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma

The Commonwealth Charter

The Charter brings together the values and aspirations which unite the Commonwealth. It expresses the commitment of the Commonwealth's 53 member states to the development of free and democratic societies and the promotion of peace and prosperity.

Gender Equality Policy

The goal of the Policy is to ensure that the Commonwealth Secretariat's programmes of assistance support gender equality and women's empowerment for sustainable development in member countries.

Implementation of the Gender Policy is guided by the Commonwealth's core values and fundamental principles of international peace and security; democracy; good governance and the rule of law; human rights; gender equality; tolerance, respect and understanding; freedom of expression; economic and social development.

Read our Gender Equality Policy