Bahamas represented at Commonwealth Women’s Forum 2018

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Pictured (L-R): Tamika Thompson, Deidre Henfield, the Hon. Lanisha Rolle, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development; Cora Bain-Colebrooke, Acting Permanent Secretary, and Katherine Stewart-Marsh.

The Hon. Lanisha T. Rolle, Minister of Social Services and Urban Development, completed the first day of international dialogue and direct top-level discussions on policies for gender equality and women’s rights with other delegates from the Commonwealth and the rest of the world at the Commonwealth Women’s Forum, being held alongside the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

This forum provides the opportunity to focus on the Commonwealth’s progress toward gender equality and is being held under the theme, “An empowered future for women and girls”.

The forum will reflect on some of the global challenges still faced by women, as part of a wider commitment to “leave no one behind” in the Commonwealth journey to achieving gender equality by 2030. The first Commonwealth Women’s Forum (CWF) was held in Malta in the lead up to the November 2015 CHOGM as a response to a proposal from the 10th meeting of the Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Meeting of 2013.

The programme will include substantive plenary sessions and parallel workshops providing Ministers and heads of women machinery the opportunity to focus on specific areas such as ‘Ending violence against women and girls’, ‘eliminating harmful practices/addressing barriers to empowerment’, and ‘diversity and women’s economic empowerment’. Discussions are also centered around best practices for women in leadership, peace, and security.

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