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  • Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Women’s Forum

    Exploring some of the global challenges still faced by women, as part of a wider commitment to "leave no one behind" in the Commonwealth journey to achieving gender equality by 2030.  

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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, women’s rights 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 priorities for gender equality for the Commonwealth. 

Our work centers on key aspects of human development towards the achievement of the Commonwealth’s priorities on gender equality: (i) women in leadership; (ii) women’s economic empowerment; (iii) ending violence against women and girls; and (iv) gender and climate change; the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals, and global, regional and national 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 policy dialogue and consensus building through triennial meetings of Commonwealth Ministers responsible for Women’s Affairs, annual meetings of Commonwealth Women’s National Machineries and the Commonwealth Women’s Forum.
  3. Leading and coordinating policies, systems and mechanisms for effective gender mainstreaming. 

The Commonwealth Women's Forum (CWF) is held at Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM), with the first having taken place at Malta. The theme for the 2018 CWF was "An empowered future for women and girls".

Commonwealth Women's Forum 2018 Report

Commonwealth women’s affairs ministers to join forces on gender equality strategy Delegate at Women Affairs Ministers Meeting

Commonwealth women’s affairs ministers will assemble in Nairobi on 19 and 20 September for their triennial meeting to consider a robust strategy to achieve gender equality goals in all 53 member countries by 2030.

‘Accelerating gender equality’ will top agenda for Commonwealth ministerial meeting Delegate speaking today at the briefing session

Accelerating gender equality for sustainable development will top the agenda when 53 ministers for gender and women’s affairs meet in Kenya for the 12th Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting (12WAMM) on 19-20 September in Nairobi.

Breaking barriers to girls’ education crucial to sustainable development Panellists on the Commonwealth Human Rights Unit panel discussion on girls education

Inequality, child marriage and social and cultural norms are just some of the barriers that girls face in their pursuit of education.

Commonwealth prepares Tongan civil servants to prevent workplace harassment A workshop trainer getting a point across

A Commonwealth workshop has trained a group of Tongan civil servants on gender and development, and introduced the prevention of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace. The Commonwealth hosted the two-day workshop in Nuku’alofa in collaboration with Tonga’s Public Service Commission, in line with the government’s 2019 national policy on gender and development.

Malawi election is big win for women, says gender expert Women voting

The Malawi election result shows women are gaining ground in the country’s politics. This month’s tripartite elections saw female candidates increase their share of parliamentary seats from 16 per cent to 23 per cent.

Commonwealth launches young women’s mentorship programme Two female students sitting on grass

A new scheme will empower young African women in Commonwealth countries by matching them with experienced professionals in their fields