“Action” will be the buzz word when Commonwealth Ministers of Women’s Affairs meet in Nairobi for their triennial summit
“Action” will be the buzz word when Commonwealth Ministers of Women’s Affairs meet in Nairobi for their triennial summit.
Hosted by the government of Kenya, the 12th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting (12WAMM) will take place on September 19th and 20th under the theme, ‘From Commitment to Action: Accelerating Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment for Sustainable Development’.
The aim of the conference is to turn the words and aspirations expressed by leaders at last years’ Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting into more leadership positions for women in private and public sectors; more political engagement at all levels; more economic and entrepreneurial opportunities, and more strides toward creating a world where gender equality is truly a reality.
WAMM has been held every three years since 1985 and provides the opportunity for ministers, senior officials, civil society, private sector and partner agencies to explore and agree on workable strategies and solutions to gender disparities.
12 WAMM briefing landscape
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Side-event: Levelling the Law – A Multi-Sectoral Approach to Eliminating Gender Discriminatory Legislation in the Commonwealth
The Commonwealth will convene a side-event meeting, entitled Levelling the Law – A Multi-Sectoral Approach to Eliminating Gender Discriminatory Legislation in the Commonwealth, on 18 September 2019. The side-event will feature a panel discussion to explore synergies between the key actors and influencers in society, whilst suggesting ways of how culture and social norms, community dialogue and judicial interventions can be harnessed to support non-discriminatory legislation.
The side-event is open to all delegates.
Senior Officials Meeting
The Senior Officials Meeting will convene on 18 September at Mövenpick Hotel Nairobi and will be chaired by Kenya's Principal Secretary for the State Department for Gender Affairs, Safina Kwekwe Tsungu.
12WAMM conference round up landscape
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