imagesThe Women Leaders’ Summit is delivered in collaboration with the Women of the World Festival, Southbank Centre, Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the Royal Commonwealth Secretary with the aim of bringing together women and men from diverse backgrounds to set targets in order to address gender inequality in the Commonwealth.

This year’s Summit will be held on Thursday at Marlborough House where female leaders from government, business and civil society from all parts of the commonwealth will assemble in order to discuss three major topics which include Violence against Women and Girls, Women in Leadership and Women’s Economic Empowerment.

At Thursday’s event Commonwealth Secretary General, Patricia Scotland will have the opportunity to speak about gender equality and women’s empowerment as she believes that the fight for gender equality is fundamental in delivering the universal goals on development, governance, human rights and climate change.

Scotland stated that, quote “I am proud to be the first female Secretary-General of the Commonwealth and I want to mark this ‘first’ by bringing together key women leaders from across the Commonwealth to think about how the Commonwealth can better deliver for women and girls. As fifty three diverse nations with a population of some 2.3 billion people, the Commonwealth is full of potential to change the world for women and I’m grateful that so many talented women will join me to be a part of that. End of quote.

The action plan generated on Thursday will inform assist in preparing for September’s Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting in Samoa and the Commonwealth’s Gender Equality Framework 2020.

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