CHOGM 2022: Gender inequality dominates Commonwealth Women Forum in Rwanda


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The discussion on the gender inequality in a bid to derive solutions to pressing challenges affecting women and girls has dominated day one of the Commonwealth women Forum meeting in Kigali, Rwanda.

On Monday, the two day Commonwealth Women’s Forum opened with delegates focusing more on the promotion of gender equality across all the member states.

This is to ensure member countries have robust policies and programmes to meet gender equality targets by 2030.

The proposed solutions from the two-day forum at CHOGM will inform Commonwealth leaders’ discussions and decisions on ending gender inequality – ultimately involving women at the highest level of policy making to address challenges directly affecting them.

The two day women forum engagement shall also discuss issues around women’s economic empowerment; breaking barriers, how to engage men and boys in a move to en violence against women and girls.

It will also discuss a wide range of women’s participation in environmental conservation and promoting struggle against climate change.

Women have faced issue ranging from physical or sexual violence at some point in their lifetime, Laws that put men in total control leaving women with no say and forced into marriages while at young ages.

On Sunday, the Commonwealth Youth Forum that comprised of the youth from the 54 states discussed different issues of unemployment, innovation, and climate justice.

Issues discussed will be tabled before the heads of states on the 24th and 25th of June 2022 for solutions to be identified.

The Commonwealth Women’s Forum (CWF 2022), which is held in parallel with the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) is currently underway at Serene Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda and will end on Tuesday, June 21st, 2022.

The official opening of CHOGM will take place on 24th and 25th June 2022 which will comprise of main high-level meetings of Heads of state.

CHOGM has been held since 1971 and a total of 24 meetings have been chaired, including Uganda in 2007 and her majesty, the Queen of England shall be represented by Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

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