Gender equality is a human right and fundamental principle of the Commonwealth. It is also critical to Commonwealth goals of eradicating poverty, building resilient economies, harmonious communities and promoting sustainable development.
The Commonwealth Secretariat is a leader in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. It plays a key role in challenging issues such as women’s leadership and representation in politics and peace building processes, gender responsive budgeting, women’s access to finance and improvement of women’s rights to land and other resources through the law.
We respond to emerging global priorities and concerns relating to gender and development issues. We are accountable to priorities emanating from ministerial meetings, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGMs) and the Commonwealth Gender Plan of Action Monitoring Group (CGPMG).