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Giving women a slice of the pie will boost economies

17 April 2018

Collective action to help women overcome barriers to entrepreneurship makes good economic sense. This is the message that rang loud and clear as government leaders, ministers, activists and world-renowned professionals met to deliberate women’s economic empowerment on the second day of the Commonwealth Women’s Forum in London today.

Finance guarantee to help small states access international funds

17 April 2018

An innovative way for small states to obtain easier access to international trade finance has been launched at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

New diaspora report shows investment gap

17 April 2018

Immigrants to the United Kingdom from Commonwealth countries are not investing as much money back to their home countries as they could. This ‘investment gap’ is a key finding from the first comprehensive assessment of UK diaspora investment.

It is possible to end female genital cutting (FGC) within a generation

17 April 2018

Female genital cutting (FGC) is one of the more hidden, yet wide reaching, barriers to the empowerment of women and girls in at least 45 countries all over the world. It intersects with a variety of other issues. It is often, but not always, a precursor for child marriage. It also impedes economic empowerment, education, lifelong health (both physical and psychological), and can mean women and girls’ are hindered from fully contributing to the development and prosperity of their countries.

Global heavyweights pay tribute to the Commonwealth’s unity and strength

17 April 2018

Heavyweights from across the world of politics, industry and activism today paid tribute to the strength, unity and diversity of the Commonwealth at the start of ‘Super Tuesday’.

Microsoft founder praises Commonwealth collaboration

17 April 2018

This morning all four forums of the Commonwealth Summit met for a joint plenary session. Former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates, now focussing on his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, spoke of the importance of collaboration and sharing during his keynote address.

Forum endorses recommendations on women’s political participation

16 April 2018

The Commonwealth Women’s Forum today endorsed a set of recommendations for getting more women into political leadership.

Commonwealth values ‘could help rebuild business trust’

16 April 2018

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland talked about sport, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and small business during an open debate at the Business Forum at London’s Guildhall this afternoon.

CHOGM 2018 kicks off with launch of Commonwealth Innovation Hub

16 April 2018

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland launched the Commonwealth Innovation Hub on the opening day of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

Outgoing Youth Council Chair’s comments set the tone on opening day of Forum

16 April 2018

“Together we can achieve so much more” Singapore’s Kishva Ambigapathy, Chair of the Commonwealth Youth Council, told attendees on the opening morning of a CHOGM forum.

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