The Commonwealth Business Women’s Network was pioneered by the Charter of the Commonwealth (2013), signed by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth ll, Head of the Commonwealth on Commonwealth Day 2013 and endorsed by the Commonwealth Heads of Government CHOGM. The Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBWN) is the only accredited organisation focused on women’s economic empowerment and recognized by 54 governments.

CBWN is operated by a local Executive Team supported by a local Advisory Board under the advice  and leadership of the Senior Management Team and the International Advisory Board of the CBWN organisation. Collectively, we bring together a diverse range of experience and insights working with women to encourage and enable women and girls  their economic empowerment and leadership potential.

Our vision is to eliminate inequalities across the Commonwealth creating an inclusive Commonwealth where every woman and girl has a voice, choice, and independence to create. At the heart of what we do is harnessing the power and potential of women in business from Commonwealth countries. We are breaking down gender barriers. We are change agents committed to gender equality and systemic change.

CBWN is a registered Community Interest Company (CIC) in the United Kingdom, funded and powered by women, for women, of the Commonwealth. CBWN is operated by an Executive Team supported by an International Advisory Board, CBWN Platform Founders’ Circle and Ground Partners. Together, we bring a diverse range of experience and insights working with women to encourage and enable women and girls economic empowerment and leadership potential.

Two of the key areas that set CBWN apart from other women’s organisations is our convening power and the access which our accredited status provides us, to engage and influence policy-makers through participation in Commonwealth Ministerial meetings. In the last 36 months, CBWN has put more women in front of more government officials than any other organisation including Ministers of Women’s Affairs, Trade, IT, Law, Youth, Education, Health and Heads of Government with representatives self-funding their participation.

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