Commonwealth Women Forum

Delivering a Common Future: Transforming for Gender Equality

20 - 21 June 2022 | Serena Hotel | Kigali | Rwanda

We are finally meeting again!

About the Commonwealth Women Forum

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.

Rwanda expects up to 500 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.

There’s nothing quite like the power of in-person collaboration, engaged discourse and the big ideas generated from these engagements that will shape the shared future of the Commonwealth.


Delivering a Common Future: Transforming for Gender Equality

Serena Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda, 20 – 21 June 2022


20 June 2022


21 June 2022

09h00 – 10h30

Opening Session and Reflections on Gender Equality and Women’s Rights 2020-2030

10h30 – 11h00

Official Photo and Networking Refreshment Break

11h00 – 12h30

Women in leadership: Beyond numbers [Session Lead: CPA]

12h30 – 13h30


13h30 – 15h00

Women’s Economic Empowerment: Breaking the Barriers [Session Lead: CBWN]

15h00 – 15h30

Networking Tea Break

15h30 – 17h30

Parallel Sessions

  • Ending Violence Against Women and Girls: Engaging Men [Session Lead – ComSec]
  • Intergenerational Celebration [Session Lead – CommonAge]


Celebrate Kigali Gala Dinner

09h00 – 11h00

Gender and Climate Change: interactions & opportunities for progress [Session Leads: CPA & CLGF]

11h00 – 11h30

Networking Tea Break

11h30 – 13h30

Parallel Sessions

  • Addressing barriers to Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment - Accounting for Gender Equality [Session Lead: ComSec]
  • Human capital development: Building leaders of tomorrow [Session Lead: ComSec]

13h30 – 14h30

Networking lunch

14h30 – 16h00

Parallel sessions

  • Peace in the Commonwealth: women’s engagement in security and peace [Session Lead: ComSec]
  • Conquering Cervical Cancer in the Commonwealth: Realities, Challenges and Opportunities?[Session Lead: ComSec]

16h00 – 16h30

Networking tea break

16h30 – 17h30

Wrap up of the Commonwealth Women’s Forum