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

“The Commonwealth Secretariat has an important function to fulfil in assisting with the implementation of measures to mainstream gender equality in accordance with our Commonwealth Charter and in alignment with the SDGs. We do so by offering guidance and advice within the context of parliamentary and local government systems, human rights and legislative frameworks, economic and social protection programmes, and on the delivery of public services such as health, education and youth provision.” - Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland.

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. Commonwealth Charter

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.

Commonwealth Gender Policy - October 2019