Frequently Asked Questions

  • Empowering women through training for advancement and progression in career and entrepreneurship
  • Providing the infrastructure and intervening in policy-making to facilitate trade
  • Recognising and encouraging talent.

CBWN is an accredited organisation directly recognised by 54 Commonwealth governments across six continents. We are a founding member of the Independent Forum of Commonwealth Organisations (IFCO) with wide partnerships and alliances and remarkable convening powers across the Commonwealth. CBWN holds observer status at Ministerial Meetings. We are committed to advancing Global Goal 5 and the Commonwealth Charter focused on encouraging, enabling and embedding women in leadership and women’s economic empowerment.

We are a passionate team of women and men working towards a future where equity for women and girls of the Commonwealth is a universal value and way of life. Our work is made possible by the work of our Community, Senior Management Team, Advisers, Ground Partners, Platform Founders’, Supporters and remarkably committed Volunteers.

We believe that it’s worth investing in the elimination of inequalities across the Commonwealth because they continue to persist: Women hold 10% of the world’s wealth but they have just 1% of the property right. The world’s women represent 39% of world employment but only 27% of managerial positions. Women purchase 80% of the world’s goods but women-owned businesses win less than 1% of procurement contracts from governments and businesses. Not right. Not fair. Not now.

CBWN is the key to a world of possibilities throughout the Commonwealth. We are an accredited organisation recognised by 54 governments across six continents, committed to advancing the Commonwealth Charter and Global Goal 5. This enables us to advocate up to the highest levels and promote inclusiveness. We connect through a network of Ground Partners to influence policy, legislation, and to engage with CBWN’s global and national priorities across the world. We work with women in business to encourage and enable women’s economic empowerment and leadership potential.

Share – 

Customise your profiles to showcase your skills, experiences, live initiatives, milestones and achievements. Accelerate opportunities.

Influence – 

Join forums, workshops and campaigns to discuss gender-focused topics, ask questions, share ideas, offer advice and contribute to data that can help shape future policy.

Growth and Development – 

Access training materials links to training programs and mentorship initiatives. Collaborate with others and, promote and stimulate thought leadership.