There are three inter-linked functions to our gender work:
- Promoting women’s rights and gender equality in Commonwealth countries through advocacy, policy advice, capacity building, and technical assistance.
- Convening policy dialogue and consensus building through triennial meetings of Commonwealth Ministers responsible for Women’s Affairs, annual meetings of Commonwealth Women’s National Machineries and the Commonwealth Women’s Forum.
- Leading and coordinating policies, systems and mechanisms for effective gender mainstreaming.
Women in leadership
Women’s access to decision-making in the political, public and private sectors is essential to achieving gender equality. Read more
Women’s economic empowerment
The approach of gender-inclusive growth is multi-faceted and requires the ending of discriminatory norms that deny women access to credit and financial services and keep them economically disempowered.
Ending violence against women and girls
Violence against women and girls is one of the most pervasive human rights violations, having a detrimental impact on the rights of women and girls to non-discrimination, equal protection before the law and equality before the law.
Gender and climate change
Different genders experience climate change and disasters differently. Women and children are more likely to die, injured or be displaced by disasters, many exacerbated by climate change.