Scotland, who has pledged to be a champion for women and girls, generated the action plan on Thursday at the opening of the Commonwealth Women Leaders Summit.
The action plan will inform the debate and help prepare for September’s Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministerial meeting in Samoa and the Commonwealth’s Gender Equality Framework 2020.
The summit brings together female leaders from government, business and civil society, from across the Commonwealth to discuss three specific subject areas – Violence Against Women and Girls; Women in Leadership and Women’s Economic Empowerment.
“This is a particularly auspicious day to be meeting as we greet only the second woman to be appointed as prime minister of the UK. 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.”
“I want 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. As 53 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,” she said.
The summit is delivered in partnership with the Women of the World Festival, Southbank Centre, Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and the Royal Commonwealth Society, bringing together women and men from diverse backgrounds with the aim of setting targets to address gender inequality in the Commonwealth.
Women leaders in government, business and civil society from across the Commonwealth are participating in the event.
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