The Commonwealth Women Forum (CWF)

The Commonwealth Women Forum (CWF)

The first Commonwealth Women’s Forum (CWF) was held in Malta at the margins of the November 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings (CHOGM).  The inaugural CWF in Malta was convened as a response to a proposal from the 10th meeting of the Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Meeting of 2013.

The purpose of the CWF is to affirm high-level support and direct top-level policies for gender equality and human rights; for women to be given the opportunity to interact with the Heads of Government; and for the Commonwealth’s gender equality commitments to be higher on the agenda for Heads of Government.

At the 2015 CHOGM, the Heads underlined the importance and additional value for the Commonwealth that had been achieved through the success of the inaugural Women’s Forum, and agreed it should become an integral part of future CHOGMs.  The second CWF was held in London, UK in 2018 and the 2018 CHOGM endorsed the Outcome Statement of the 2018 CWF.

The forum is structured around plenary sessions and interactive workshops on priority issues.

Rwanda expects up to 350 delegates from multigenerational, stakeholder groups, leaders from different sectors, including civil society, youth, activists, academia, influencers, policy-makers, donors, the private sector, and leaders from all sectors in the Commonwealth and globally.

Name: Pierre Celestin Nizeyimana
Telephone Number:078 8425910


“Delivering a Common Future: Transforming for Gender Equality”
Kigali, Rwanda
21 – 22 June 2021
Kigali Serena Hotel

Day 1: Monday 21 June 2021

0900 – 1030  Opening Plenary: Reflections on Gender Equality and Women’s Rights 2020–2030

1030 – 1100  Networking Break

1100 – 1230  Plenary Session: Women in Leadership – Beyond Numbers

1230 – 1330  Lunch

1330 – 1500  Plenary Session: Women’s Economic Empowerment – Breaking the Barriers

1500 – 1530   Networking Break

1530 – 1730   Parallel Sessions

Ending Violence Against Women and Girls: Engaging Men

Intergenerational Celebration

Day 2: Tuesday 22 June 2021

0900 – 1100  Gender and Climate Change: Interactions and Opportunities for Progress

1100 – 1130  Networking Break

1130 – 1330  Parallel Sessions

– Accountability for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment

– Human Capital Development: Building Girl Leaders of Tomorrow

1330 – 1430   Lunch

1430 – 1600   Renewing Commitments for Gender Equality

1600 – 1700   Outcomes of the Commonwealth Women’s Forum

1700                   Closing Ceremony