Part of the preliminary meetings toward the annual G100 meetings and annual Women Economic Forum (WEF) in London later in the year, these meetings in July created pathways for the the Commonwealth connections across the G100 global network. As we envisage a closer knit global community for concerted actions in solidarity, it becomes even more important to find common ground and common cause for creative exchange and innovative approaches by which people across continents can be connected in common vision and shared aspirations.
The meetings started with a welcome dinner with the Global Chair and Denim Club Partner for the G100 wing for Anti Gender Abuse along with some guests. Visiting the Commonwealth headquarters in London next day was deeply inspiring as we walked through corridors of history full of challenge and change. Earlier a palace and now a commitment to member states, this royal house has hosted heads of states for meetings and conferences for growing commonwealth cooperation, goodwill and trade. The Commonwealth Businesswomen Network was also founded in recognition and for promotions of women’s contributions to commerce and economic ecosystems across the Commonwealth. The Rt Hon Baroness Patricia Scotland QC is the first woman to hold the high office of the 6th Secretary General of this multilateral body connecting 54 independent nations in equality and sovereignty, with a combined population of 2.5 billion people, of which 1.4 billion in India alone, becoming the largest member state of the Commonwealth.