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10WAMM Communique reflects civil society recommendations from 10WPF

Posted on 19/06/2013
By Martin Petts
10WAMM Communique

Call for the Commonwealth to explore innovative, inclusive and accessible financing to support women entrepreneurs

Ministers called on the Commonwealth to explore inclusive and accessible financing for women entrepreneurs in view of major challenges around access to funding, at the conclusion of the 10th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting (10WAMM) in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Women’s leadership and empowerment were reaffirmed as drivers of economic growth, political stability, peace, social justice and inclusive sustainable development.

We are delighted that so many of the recommendations from the Partners’ Forum (10WPF) were included in the 10WAMM Communiqué,” said Vijay Krishnarayan, Director of the Commonwealth Foundation, organising the Partners’ Forum with BRAC. “This shows how much common ground there is between civil society and governments on gender equality. It underlines the value of civic inputs to ministerial debates. The Commonwealth Foundation is happy to have worked with its partners in Bangladesh to make this happen.”

The 10WAMM was opened by Hon Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, and chaired by Hon Meher Afroze Chumki, State Minister for Women and Children Affairs, Bangladesh. 

Read the 10WAMM Communiqué

Read the 10WPF Recommendations