The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of (many formerly part of the British Empire). It is home to 2.2 billion citizens, of which over 60% are under the age of 30. The Commonwealth includes some of the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries, spanning five regions. Thirty-one of its members are small states, many of them island nations. Commonwealth countries are supported by .
Member Countries: http://thecommonwealth.org/member-countries
Commonwealth - Gender
Our work centers on key aspects of human development towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, Post-2015 Sustainable Goals, and global commitments on gender equality and overall empowerment of women.
We lead on gender mainstreaming within the Secretariat and throughout the member states of the Commonwealth.
1. *To implement the Secretariat’s gender work, designed to promote women’s rights and gender equality in Commonwealth countries through advocacy, policy advice, capacity building, and technical assistance.
3. *To convene triennial meetings of Commonwealth Ministers responsible for Women’s Affairs, annual meetings of Commonwealth Women’s National Machineries and the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Women’s Forum.
5. *To lead and coordinate systems and mechanisms for effective gender mainstreaming within the Secretariat, including advice for staff on gender issues and tools development.