The Commonwealth Secretariat has been a pioneer in promoting women's rights and gender equality since the 1976-85 UN Decade for Women, and of gender mainstreaming since the UN 4th World Conference on Women, to which our 1995 Plan of Action on Gender and Development was a Commonwealth contribution.
This publication brings together case studies prepared in connection with the end-of-term review of the 2005-15 Commonwealth Plan of Action for Gender Equality. The case studies are based on submissions and interviews with government representatives, gender specialists and other stakeholders, including civil society organisations, from 20 countries representing all regions of the Commonwealth.
The examples were selected to demonstrate a range of strategies that can be employed to advance gender equality and women's empowerment. Together they help to show what perpetuates gender inequality and offer approaches that can be adopted to help end unjust discrimination.
Foreword Acknowledgement Preface List of boxes List of abbreviations Section I: Women's Political Participation 1 Women's Parliamentary Caucus, Pakistan 2 Nigerian Women's Trust Fund to Strengthen Women's Political Participation, Nigeria Section II: Women's Corporate Leadership and Gender Equality in the Workplace 3 Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012, Australia 4 The Equality Mark for Employers, Malta 5 Women in Leadership Programme, New Zealand 6 Women's Business Council, United Kingdom Section III: Women's Enterprise and Economic Empowerment 7 Mass Product Consumer Regulatory Authority, Cameroon 8 The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, India 9 1AZAM Programme for Economic Development, Malaysia 10 The Women Enterprise Fund, Kenya 11 Fostering Women's Entrepreneurship, Mauritius 12 Income-Generating Activity Programme, Uganda Section IV: Combatting Violence Against Women and Gender-Based Violence 13 One-Stop Crisis Centre, Bangladesh 14 National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, Canada 15 Advancing Policy and Legislation to Combat Gender-Based Violence, Grenada 16 Women and Child Protection Units, Namibia 17 Central Registry on Domestic Violence, Trinidad and Tobago Section V: Working with Men for Gender Equality 18 Integrated Approach to Combating Gender-Based Violence, Botswana 19 Pacific Women's Network Male Advocacy Programme, Pacific Islands 20 Channelling Men's Positive Involvement into the National Response to HIV/AIDS, United Republic of Tanzania Section VI: Key Factors for Success 21 Conclusion