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Red Wednesday and a Commonwealth united against religious hatred

25 November 2016

A campaign to recognise those persecuted or killed in acts of religious hatred saw both sides of the frontage of the UK Houses of Parliament illuminated in red this week.

‘We will bring down rates of violence against women’ Commonwealth chief lays out plan to tackle gender-based violence

24 November 2016

As the world marks the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, I stand with millions of men and women around the world to say NO to violence! We will not accept that violence is a part of culture. We reject any suggestions that women and girls are mere possessions to be used and abused.

How one girl’s longing for change started a revolution to empower girls and end FGM

24 November 2016

As we mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25th November, it is right that we recognise this progress but we must also remember that millions of girls are still at risk of FGM.

Election 2016: The Commonwealth observes Ghana’s general elections

24 November 2016

Commonwealth observers are in Ghana for the presidential and parliamentary elections on 7 December 2016.

Erica is a woman steering her own future across the high seas

23 November 2016

Erica is the eldest of a family of six children who live on the island of Petite Martinique. She told us that when you live on the island, you simply live a 'seafaring life', and for a woman, there are two options: either get married and become a housewife, or work on the sea.

Grenada referendum and the protection of persons with disabilities

23 November 2016

For Kimani, life is full of challenges and every day it’s about overcoming them without a focus on the fact that he has a disability.

Grenada referendum and the protection of children

23 November 2016

It’s not the fault of the child that he or she is born out of wedlock. That much would seem obvious. But for Johnny Calliste, a proud, patriotic Grenadian and project coordinator with the Ministry of Youth, it has meant stigmatisation and discrimination, especially during his childhood.

A window into the largest and oldest tax administration network

23 November 2016

Between 7-11 November, Lucas Rutherford attended the 37th Annual Technical Meeting of the Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators (CATA), held in Bridgetown, Barbados. Read his blog.

Election bodies back Commonwealth guidelines on good practice and social media

22 November 2016

Social media is transforming the way elections are conducted, with candidates exchanging doorstep campaigning for new battlegrounds on Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter to sway voters.

Commonwealth scholars inspiring global change

22 November 2016

More than 900 students have begun their studies in the UK, thanks to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission (CSC).