Commonwealth Heads of Government met in the United Kingdom on 19-20 April 2018, and produced a Communiqué following the meeting. This short briefing is the Gender & Development Network’s initial response to the Communiqué.
While there are a number of useful points on gender equality within the Communiqué, as well as an overarching recognition of the critical role of gender equality in realising the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, there were also many things left unsaid. Prior to the Heads of Government meeting, a Commonwealth Women’s Forum was convened, resulting in a number of valuable recommendations. The final Communiqué would have been strengthened by the inclusion of many more of these recommendations.