Commonwealth to observe Ghanaian General elections Election observers at Ghana 2012 elections

30 November 2020

The Commonwealth is deploying a team to observe the general election in Ghana scheduled for 7 December.

Blog: Ending violence against women and girls can add trillions to economy Seychelles market woman worker

30 November 2020

Beyond the immediate human impact, violence against women and girls also costs billions of dollars a year, be it in lost work, damaged children, hospital fees or police time. The global cost of violence against women and girls was estimated at $1.5 trillion in 2016 – making everyone across the world at least $200 poorer that year.

Blog: COVID puts women in tourism-dependent economies at more risk of violence, but it can stop Barbados street

29 November 2020

Since the COVID-19 outbreak began, it was clear that the pandemic was not only a health crisis but also an economic threat. Little did we know that the impact of COVID-19 containment measures and economic pressures would be felt across communities with violence in the homes, particularly against women, rising at an alarming rate.

Blog: We need ‘one-stop’ crisis centres to rescue women trapped in cycles of abuse nurse in medical centre in Tonga

28 November 2020

Today, many women and girls are trapped in cycles of abuse, struggling to find an escape route. This is a tragedy, not just for them personally, but for the whole of society.

Covid-19 has spurred changes to justice systems Rule of Law webinar

27 November 2020

Commonwealth countries are using innovation and ingenuity to counter threats of injustice and inequality from Covid-19.

How climate finance can address violence against women and girls Mother and child

27 November 2020

Violence against women and girls is a global epidemic, yet one of the least talked-about barriers to climate action.

Blog: More women in leadership means more sustainable and inclusive development Secretary-General Patricia Scotland with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ahern

26 November 2020

A key indicator of progress towards the UN’s sustainable development goal five: Gender Equality measures the number of women in leadership. In the lead up to the 2030 deadline for this target, we must see those numbers surge in the political sphere.

Commonwealth Secretary-General: Take a stand for no more violence against women and girls Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland

25 November 2020

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is observed on 25 November every year. It launches 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence until Human Rights Day on 10 December.

Health advocates, survivors and celebrities join Commonwealth campaign against cervical cancer Screenshot of participants

24 November 2020

Health advocates, cancer survivors and celebrities have joined the Commonwealth’s campaign to eradicate cervical cancer in its 54 countries. 

Antigua & Barbuda to co-champion blue economy action for the Commonwealth Antigua and Barbuda landscape

24 November 2020

The Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda has stepped forward to co-champion the Commonwealth Blue Charter Action Group on the sustainable blue economy, alongside the current champion country, Kenya.