We work to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment in all social, economic and political spheres.
We provide technical assistance to member countries to support skills training and capacity building initiatives, monitoring and evaluation and high level advocacy, research and knowledge generation and lead the way for building consensus on key global gender priorities for the Commonwealth.
Our work centres on key aspects of human development towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, Post-2015 Sustainable Goals, and global commitments on gender equality and overall empowerment of women.
There are three inter-linked functions to our gender work:
A group of 25 people will be attending a workshop on Friday 7 July to discuss the findings of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s studies on women’s political participation in the Commonwealth.
At the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the Commonwealth and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights jointly hosted a side event on ending child, early and forced marriage.
The Caribbean and Africa will be the first to benefit from action to get more women into political leadership, the Commonwealth Secretariat has announced.