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Former Chair of CEDAW, Salma Khan to address 10WAMM Partners’ Forum

Posted on 26/04/2013
By Martin Petts

Commonwealth Foundation announces keynote speaker for 10th Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministerial Meeting Partners’ Forum, 15-17 June, Bangladesh

Salma Khan is a former member and the first Asian elected as the chairperson of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women Committee (CEDAW). She is currently the Chairperson and Project Coordinator of NGO Coalition of Beijing Plus Five (NCBP); board member of Women for Women (a research study group), Bangladesh; and a member of the National Council on Women and Development and National Education Commission. 

Ms Khan will address the Partners’ Forum theme, Women’s Leadership for Enterprise.

Held in the wings of the 10WAMM, the Partners’ Forum provides an opportunity for civil society, academics, donor agencies and other women’s affairs experts to meet, share and learn from each other; to discuss critical issues and barriers to delivering women’s empowerment and gender equality; and to engage with Ministers and Senior Officials in order to contribute to Commonwealth and global agenda-setting processes. 

Sessions at the Partners’ Forum will focus on: increasing women’s access to finance; overcoming social barriers to women’s entrepreneurship; emerging trends in Women’s enterprise; building partnerships between governments, private sector and civil society to advance women in enterprise; micro-credit and its impact on women’s enterprise; women’s economic empowerment and the post-MDG agenda; women and international trade; and a Ministerial round table on the topic ‘Women’s enterprise and the new women’s movement’.

The Partners’ Forum is organised by the Commonwealth Foundation in partnership with BRAC, in collaboration with the Government of Bangladesh and the Commonwealth Secretariat. Representatives of key national and regional organisations have also provided formal input into the planning of the Forum.

Registration now open: