Commonwealth Secretary-General, Dominican-born, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC has issued a call at the Commonwealth Women’s Forum in Kigali, Rwanda, for the release of full potential of all women and girls in the Commonwealth.
The Secretary-General told the opening session of the women’s forum that the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the inequalities of vaccines as well as the realities of economic insecurity and the rising prevalence of gender-based violence had been placed on women and girls in the Commonwealth.
“It is our profound responsibility to place women and girls at the heart of our response to the pandemic – not to further marginalize our sisters,” she said.
The Secretary-General further added, “We must strive, together, to end domestic, workplace, societal and political violence. We must strive, together, to place our sisters at the heart of our fight against the existential threat of climate change. And we must strive, together, to unleash the potential of all women and girls in the Commonwealth – and enhance their opportunities to contribute to every sphere of social, economic and political endeavour.”
She described the Commonwealth Women’s Forum as a “golden opportunity” to take decisive steps towards these goals and build a safer, more secure, and more prosperous future for all.