The 9th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting (WAMM) Partners Forum is the civil society event held prior to the ministerial meeting, and was held this year from 4-5 June in Barbados. The Partners’ Forum was organised by the Commonwealth Foundation in collaboration with the CPDC (Caribbean Policy Development Centre) and the Government of Barbados, and provided a platform for civil society voices on issues of concern for women. The theme was ‘Gender Issues in Economic Crisis, Recovery and Beyond: Women as Agents of Transformations’.
WNC Deputy Director Sue Green attended the Partners’ Forum, and delivered a speech on partnerships and networks for achieving gender equality. She also sat on the drafting committee for the Partners’ Forum statement.
Read on for more information about the 9WAMM
The outcomes of the two days of dialogue are fed into a final Statement and presented to Ministers at the WAMM, which is held immediately after the Partners’ Forum. WAMM is held every three years, bringing together ministers and senior officials of the National Women’s Machineries to discuss issues critical in advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality, and to contribute to Commonwealth and global agenda-setting processes. The Minsiters produced a document, called the Bridgetown Communique .
In addition, there were a number of thematic workshops:
- Women Leading Transformation; Finance – employment, labour market, access to credit;
- Governance and Human Rights;
- The Millennium Development Goals and the Beijing +15 Review;
- Gender and the Family; Health and Reproductive Rights;
- Climate Change; and,
- Culture and the Development Crisis
The workshops and the discussions sought to identify the gender issues emerging at national, regional and commonwealth levels.
The discussions at the Ministers’ meeting also focused on the Mid-Term Review of the Commonwealth Plan of Action for Gender Equality 2005-2015 which sought to assess levels of achievement at national levels against the Plan of Action Framework.
See the Commonwealth Secretariat and Commonwealth Foundation for more information