Advancing Gender Equality

Case Studies from Across the Commonwealth

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The Commonwealth Secretariat has been a pioneer in promoting women’s rights and gender equality since the 1976–85 UN Decade for Women, and of gender mainstreaming since the UN 4th World Conference on Women, to which our 1995 Plan of Action on Gender and Development was a Commonwealth contribution.

This publication brings together case studies prepared in connection with the end-of-term review of the 2005–15 Commonwealth Plan of Action for Gender Equality. The case studies are based on submissions and interviews with government representatives, gender specialists and other stakeholders, including civil society organisations, from 20 countries representing all regions of the Commonwealth.

The examples were selected to demonstrate a range of strategies that can be employed to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment. Together they help to show what perpetuates gender inequality and offer approaches that can be adopted to help end unjust discrimination.



Central Registry on Domestic Violence, Trinidad and Tobago

The World Bank 2012 data categorises Trinidad and Tobago as a high-income developing nation (UNDAF 2013). The status of women in Trinidad and Tobago compares favourably with many middle-income developing nations. The constitution guarantees equal rights for men and women. The country has achieved universal primary education and gender parity in primary and secondary education, and has provision for free preprimary, primary, secondary and tertiary education for all citizens (OHCHR 2011). The government is committed to the elimination of gender disparity and discrimination, and has been guided in this by several national and international mandates.


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