Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) attend first Women Leaders Summit

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland has convened the first Commonwealth Women Leaders’ Summit on 14 July 2016 to develop an action plan on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The event brought together female leaders from all parts of the Commonwealth to start work on the Secretariat’s Gender Equality Framework 2020 and focused on three specific subject areas:

Violence Against Women and Girls,
Women in Leadership and 
Women’s Economic Empowerment. 

Women leaders in government, business and civil society from across the Commonwealth participated in the event 
with the aim of setting targets to address gender inequality in the Commonwealth.  

The summit was delivered in partnership with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). T
he CPA supported seven Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Steering Committee Members to attend the meeting: Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga MP, Speaker of the Parliament of Uganda, CWP Steering Committee Chairperson; Hon. Asma Rasheed MP, Maldives, CWP Steering Committee Member, Asia Region; Hon. Catherine Cusack MLC, New South Wales, CWP Steering Committee Member, Australia Region; Mrs Joyce Watson AM, Wales, CWP Steering Committee Member, British Islands and Mediterranean Region; Hon. Shirley Osborne MLA, Speaker of the Montserrat Legislative Assembly, CWP Steering Committee Member, Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region and Vice-Chairperson of the CWP; Hon. Linda Reid MLA, Speaker of the House, British Columbia, CWP Steering Committee Member, Canada; and Hon. Meenakashi Lehki MP, Lok Sabha, India, CWP Steering Committee Member, India Region.

Other CPA Members present at the summit were 
Hon. Speaker Alix Boyd Knights, Dominica; Hon. Speaker Santi Bai Hanoomanjee, Mauritius; Hon. Speaker Jiko Luveni, Fiji and Dr Roberta Blackman Woods, UK.

Other partner organisations who assisted in the delivery of the summit included the Women of the World festival, Southbank Centre, the Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network and the Royal Commonwealth Society.

The action plan which was generated on the day will prepare for the Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting in Samoa and the Commonwealth’s Gender Equality Framework 2020.

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