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Commonwealth support for women in politics during COVID-19

7 October 2020

The Commonwealth Secretariat is supporting women from Africa and the Caribbean in overcoming political hurdles caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A webinar entitled ‘Impact of COVID-19 on Women’s Political and Electoral Participation’ was the second in a series organized by the Secretariat through the Inclusive Dialogue and Women Political Participation Project.

Amplifying voices

The series aims to amplify the voices of women through dialogue on the gendered and multifaceted impact of COVID-19 on the effective participation of women in politics and elections that have been held during the pandemic.

Women in politics, gender advocates, academics and Commonwealth political stakeholders took part in the webinar. Panellists reflected on the challenges and opportunities for advancing women’s leadership and working towards inclusive and gender-responsive post-pandemic political, governance, and development processes.

The webinar was moderated by Lady Avril Anande Trotman-Joseph, the Board President of the Caribbean Institute for Women in Leadership, and Grenada’s former Solicitor General.


  • Hon Pennelope Beckles, Minister of Housing & Urban Development, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Senator Hon Natalie Campbell-Rodriques, Parliament of Jamaica
  • Ms Tonni Brodber, UN Women Deputy Representative for the Caribbean
  • Dr Fredline M'Cormack-Hale, Associate Professor, Seton Hall University, United States
  • Mr Peter Yelesani, Chief Gender and Development Officer, Malawi Ministry of Gender

Watch highlights of the webinar