The Secretariat holds annual consultations of Commonwealth National Women’s Machineries (NWM) in the wings of Sessions of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). These consultations provide opportunities for the Secretariat to brief NWMs and partners on achievements and challenges towards implementing the Commonwealth Plan of Action for Gender Equality 2005-2015 (PoA). It offers a platform for member countries and partners to plan jointly and share experiences, models and good practices on promoting women’s empowerment and gender equality across the Commonwealth.
This meeting also provides a strategic forum to mobilise Commonwealth voices and influence discussions at the CSW Session. They are an opportunity for the Secretariat to draw on current thinking and development trends and prioritise key issues to strategically address gender equality and gender mainstreaming across the Commonwealth.