Dec 7, 2022

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Commonwealth meeting finally kicks off in Kigali

After being postponed twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Rwanda is finally hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali this week, June 20-26.

The several Preceding forums, the official opening of the CHOGM 2022 will take place on June 24th, followed by the main high-level meetings of the heads of government on Friday and Saturday.

The youth forum started on Sunday with over 350 young people from all over the world Participation of the Commonwealth in the three-day meeting under the motto “Take control of our future”.

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< p>On Monday, Rwanda’s First Lady Jeannette Kagame officially opened the Commonwealth Women’s Forum, themed “Creating a Future Together: Transforming Gender Equality”.

“The 2022 Kigali CHOGM Women’s Forum will not only be held in a country instead of consistently pushing for the emergence of u nd the recognition of women in leadership positions. It is happening in a country where rape was used as a weapon of war barely three decades ago. Today, Rwanda is ranked by the World Economic Forum as the seventh country in the world to close the gender gap,” said Ms. Kagame, adding that women’s role in peace-building has been the cornerstone of Rwanda’s development.

“…We, too, can in turn adjust our strategies for accelerated progress, our service offerings, our collaborative frameworks, our militancy and advocacy, our education and research, and every tool in the arsenal that will tackle gender inequality around the landscape, for the better in which we live,” she added.

Closer cooperation

For her part, Baroness Patricia Scotland, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, called for closer cooperation between the group of 54 member states to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment.

“This women’s forum and this CHOGM are our opportunity to build on our Commonwealth advantage. Our similar systems of democratic governance, common law, common language and compatible institutions are driving the progress we all hunger and thirst for,” Ms Scotland said.

At least 40 leaders out Africa, Europe, Asia, the Americas, the Caribbean and the Pacific will come together to discuss this year’s theme: “Creating a Future Together: Connect, Innovate, Transform”.

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At the end of the meeting, Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame is expected to meet British Prime Minister Boris Johnson as the Commonwealth Chair for the next two takes over years.

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