THE QUEEN WILL ATTEND THE COMMONWEALTH WOMEN LEADER’S EVENT AT MARLBOROUGH HOUSE
Wednesday 15th November 2023
A Call for Action: Safeguarding the Wellbeing of Women and Children, hosted by The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, will focus on the prevalence of domestic violence and its effects on the physical and mental health of women and children, and the ability to affect positive change in hard-to-reach populations across the Commonwealth.
The Queen will join the conclusion of the event and receive a report on the outcomes from the Secretary-General, Chair and panel moderators, before joining guests for a reception.
Her Majesty The Queen will arrive at Marlborough House and be received by Baroness Scotland, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, who will accompany Her Majesty to meet the panel chairs and moderators, including Women of the World (WOW) CEO and Founder, Jude Kelly; the First Lady of Sierra Leone, Her Excellency Fatima Maada Bio; Lady Dentaa Amoateng; and the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2023, Maya Kirti Nanan, for a summary of the day’s discussions and future action.
The Queen will then join other guests, including panel participants, for a reception.
The Commonwealth Women Leader’s day event will include keynote speeches and round-table discussions in front of invited guests, with panellists drawn from the Commonwealth and other partner countries and organisations. The panel discussion topics include:
1. The Role and Impact of Advocacy on Violence Against Women and Girls
2. Domestic Violence and Mental Health: Impact on Women and Children
3. Domestic and Sexual Violence and the Family
The day will conclude with a high-level commitment to form an alliance that will work on issues related to domestic violence against women and children, across the Commonwealth.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Edinburgh will join the opening session of the event, earlier in the day.