Home >News and events >News >Secretary-General to receive international award for services to women’s empowerment
Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland

Secretary-General to receive international award for services to women’s empowerment

29 March 2019

Patricia Scotland will receive a Distinguished Champion award at the WEConnect Gala in Washington DC for her tireless efforts to empower women and achieve gender equality across the world.

WEConnect International is a global network that connects women-owned businesses to qualified buyers across the globe. In a piece published on its website a spokesperson pointed to the Secretary-General’s “commitment to transforming the lives of women”, adding that “it is not just her personal achievements that have inspired females – but her forceful pursuit of progressive change in each of her various posts”.

Speaking ahead of receiving the award on April 1, the Secretary-General said: “I am particularly pleased that the WEConnect award ceremony will have such distinguished representation from major corporations – especially female business leaders of such a high calibre and talent.

“Business and the public sector working together locally and internationally can do so much to protect the safety of women and to enhance opportunities for potential to be recognised and fulfilled.

“The occasion is made all the more significant by the fact the gala is taking place three years to the day since I took up the responsibilities entrusted to me by the Heads of Government of our 53 member nations and became their Secretary-General.”

The event will be attended by more than 200 guests including government officials, thought leaders, and philanthropic and civil society organisations, who are champions for women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment.