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If there was something killing one in three men then there would be an outcry, says Secretary-General

Release date 22 September 2016

Global leaders and institutions have endorsed the Commonwealth Secretary-General’s call to work more effectively together to end the suffering of women and girls facing violence at the hands of their partners.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017 launched on International Day of Peace

Release date 21 September 2016

The Royal Commonwealth Society has today launched The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2017, focusing on the topic of A Commonwealth for Peace. The launch coincides with the United Nations’ International Day of Peace.

Commonwealth hub to unlock billions in climate finance for developing countries

Release date 20 September 2016

Vulnerable small island states and developing countries stand to gain access to billions of dollars of climate finance with the aid of a new Commonwealth initiative.

A bold response to a global crisis, says Secretary-General on migration compact

Release date 19 September 2016

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has thrown her weight, and that of the Commonwealth, behind plans for a global agreement to end the refugee and migration crisis around the world.

Commonwealth consensus on need to respond to irregular mass migration

Release date 19 September 2016

The Secretary-General has told BBC News that Commonwealth ministers and parliamentarians have asked her to help them respond to the crisis of irregular mass movement of people across the world by coming up with a plan.

Kenya, Bangladesh and Tonga join the Secretary-General in raising international migration

Release date 18 September 2016

Ministers and parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth have joined the Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, to highlight the challenges and opportunities faced by the irregular mass movement of people across the world.

Commonwealth Ministers pledge four-point plan to empower women

Release date 9 September 2016

Women affairs ministers at a high-level Commonwealth meeting have promised to take action to end gender discrimination and violence.

Global roll out of “essential tool” to achieve gender justice

Release date 9 September 2016

Ministers and lawmakers at the Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting today received a “cutting-edge” resource to help beef-up East African laws that protect women against violence.

Gender inequality “greatest hindrance” to development

Release date 8 September 2016

The under-representation of women and increasing gender inequalities must be reversed if sustainable development goals are to be met, according to the Commonwealth at the Women’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting in Apia.