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Commonwealth Women in Leadership Essay Competition
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Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meetings (WAMMs) have been held triennially since 1985. They have provided strategic opportunities for Ministers, Senior Officials, civil society organisations, and partner agencies to discuss critical issues in advancing women’s empowerment and gender equality. They contribute to Commonwealth and global agenda-setting processes.

The 10th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting (10WAMM) will be held in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 17-19 June 2013. The theme of the meeting is “Women’s Leadership for Enterprise”.

The theme highlights the importance and significance of having more women represented in the economy and in decision-making processes, global financial markets, leading banks and national policy making bodies. Given that youth form 60 per cent of the Commonwealth population, bringing them into the decision-making process is vital. We are therefore seeking the perspectives and opinions of the young Commonwealth on the 10WAMM theme.

The Gender Section of the Secretariat is organising the Commonwealth ‘Women in Leadership’ essay competition. This competition is open to all youth in the Commonwealth between the ages of 15 and 29 years.

Young Commonwealth is invited to participate by answering one of the following questions.

  • How and why should governments encourage women’s leadership? Or
  • How and why should governments encourage women-owned enterprises?
The winner will be sponsored to participate in the 10th Women Affairs Ministers Meeting (10WAMM) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 17 to 19 June 2013.

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