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Gender Equality in the Commonwealth

Volume 1, 2017/18

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This report documents progress made by the Commonwealth's 53 member countries in promoting gender equality and women's empowerment. In doing so, it records Commonwealth countries' performances on available indicators covering the four themes adopted as priorities for Gender Equality 2017–2020 and beyond, endorsed by the 11th Commonwealth Women's Affairs Ministers at their 2016 meeting hosted by the Government of Samoa. These themes are: (1) Women in leadership, (2) Women's economic empowerment, (3) Ending violence against women and girls and (4) Gender and climate change.

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Women in Leadership

In reporting on recent developments and results concerning women in leadership throughout Commonwealth countries, this chapter will, in most cases, cover the following areas closely linked to SDGs 5 and 16, and their targets. These are: 1. the extent of women's representation in the lower houses of national parliaments; 2 their occupancy of post-election cabinets and 3. their tenure in parliamentary leadership positions; 4. their status as leaders in the corporate sector; 5. their participation in local government; and 6. their engagement in civil society organisations and the media.

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