It is therefore my conviction that the 12th WAMM presents an excellent opportunity for the Commonwealth Ministers and delegates to explore the ways in which these processes will converge to streamline reporting and coordination of implementation.
Distinguished delegates will further strategize on emerging gender issues by examining critical areas which still require further attention, share experiences and lessons and forge common positions for accelerating gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.
The meeting is expected to devote considerable attention to how the Commonwealth countries can contribute towards achieving the global agenda-setting processes as well as share innovative approaches that empower women and accelerate achievements of gender equality.
As host of this important meeting, I extend this special invitation to the Commonwealth global community particularly Commonwealth Women Affairs Ministers; Civil Society Organizations, Development Partner Agencies and the Private Sector for their contribution towards the realization of gender equality and women’s empowerment.
I invite you to seize the opportunity; share ideas and perspectives, build knowledge, networks and innovations and recommend long-term strategies that can accelerate progress towards gender equality and women empowerment endeavours.