Today, the Commonwealth Secretary General Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC will host the first ever Commonwealth Women Leaders’ Summit to start work on the Secretariat’s Gender Equality Framework 2020.
The event will bring together female leaders from all parts of the Commonwealth to discuss the road map to 2020 and include the three specific subject areas:
- Violence Against Women and Girls,
- Women in Leadership and
- Women’s Economic Empowerment.
The meeting is the first in a series of events to prepare for September’s Commonwealth Woman’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting in Samoa and the United Nations General Assembly in New York before the publication of the Commonwealth’s Gender Equality Framework in 2017.
When she took office in April 2016, she promised that her first focus would be to tackle the violence against women and girls, and what better way to do that than to bring together key women leaders across the Commonwealth to think about how the Commonwealth can better deliver for women and girls.
Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, said:
“I want to re-invigorate the Commonwealth’s commitments on gender equality and the global goals. This will be the first of a series of meetings we will hold together as women leaders of the Commonwealth.”
Be sure to watch join in and participate in the summit through the Live Stream here.