On International Women’s Day – 8 March – Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland launched an initiative called Peace in the home: Ending domestic violence together, and unveiled specific measures to help governments tackle domestic violence. The programme is a contribution to this year’s theme: A peace-building Commonwealth. The Secretary-General’s aim is to build a coalition of governments, businesses, civil society and citizens committed to ending domestic violence and achieving peace in the home.
The Commonwealth’s 12-month initiative will focus on a multipronged action plan requested by Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers at their summit in Samoa last September. It will include the launch of a project to investigate the economic cost of domestic violence in Commonwealth countries; and support to governments to strengthen legislations. Peace in the home: Ending domestic violence together is expected to culminate in a Commonwealth accord in February 2018.
Campaigners, Commonwealth high commissioners, parliamentarians and members of civil society today stood behind a new Commonwealth initiative to support its member governments to eliminate domestic violence.
The Commonwealth will today launch a new initiative to help member states of the Commonwealth bring down rates of domestic violence.
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has made her inaugural speech at the High Level Segment of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.
Zambia’s Vice President Inonge Mutukwa Wina and High Commissioner Muyeba Shichapwa Chikonde called on the Commonwealth Secretary-General at Marlborough House in London.