Commonwealth celebrates women as agents of change

Commonwealth has chosen ‘Women as Agents of Change’ as the theme for Commonwealth Day which will be marked on 14th March 2012.

The Commonwealth will celebrate women whose work has made a positive difference to the lives of others, and will emphasise the message that by investing in women and girls, social, economic and political progress can be accelerated in Commonwealth member states.

Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago and the Commonwealth’s first woman Chairperson-in-Office, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, said: “From birth, to their first day in school, having a successful career – and everything in between – women and girls must be given the chance to succeed and become the agents of change we need.”

A similar message came from Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma who said: “Women and girls hold the key to sustained development and improving the lives of others. To change a woman’s life for the better is to unlock the potential to change and lift a whole society.”

Mr. Sharma continued: “The Commonwealth understands the crucial role that women play in their families, communities and in society at large. For nearly 40 years the Commonwealth has run programmes looking at women’s access to health, education, enterprise, leadership, and the impact of conflict on them.”