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International Women's Day Roundtable 

8 March 2024 at 12pm GMT 

International Women's Day is a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women worldwide. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality. The 2024 global campaign theme is Inspire Inclusion.


The Royal Commonwealth Society and the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network (CYGEN) are delighted to convene a roundtable discussion to highlight the challenges and barriers women face and, importantly, spotlight concrete solutions and initiatives championed by members of CYGEN. 

Join us online at 12pm GMT on International Women's Day (8 March 2024) to join the discussion:


















Dr Linda Yueh CBE is the Executive Chair of the Royal Commonwealth Society. Linda is an economist and author. She is Fellow in Economics, St Edmund Hall, Oxford University and Adjunct Professor of Economics, London Business School. She is on the boards of three FTSE 100 companies and chairs an investment company that invests in private tech companies. Her latest books are The Great Crashes: Lessons from Global Meltdowns and How to Prevent Them, and The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today.



Elisabeth Bowes is Deputy High Commissioner for Australia to the UK. Elisabeth is a senior official of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was most recently First Assistant Secretary and Chief Negotiator, Free Trade Agreements and Stakeholder Engagement Division. She has previously served overseas in postings to Washington and the WTO in Geneva. Elisabeth was previously a legal officer in UN organisations in Geneva and Hamburg. She was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2021 for outstanding public service to international trade policy, particularly as Head of the Tobacco Plain Packaging Taskforce. Ms Bowes graduated with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws degrees from the University of Queensland and a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from the University of Oxford.

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Eman Borg (Malta) is an award-winning human rights advocate, researcher, and youth mobiliser. Eman is a Social Policy graduate from the University of Malta and recently received an M.A. in International Sports and Events Management. He is passionate about sports as a medium to eradicate social poverty and elevate individuals into integral members of society. He founded LGBTI+ Gozo and served as coordinator of the same organisation from 2015-2023. He is a former Queen’s Young Leader (2017) and is currently the Coordinator of CYGEN.

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Sarah Egbo (Nigeria) is a gender and technology expert who adopts an intersectional approach at the core of education, technology, gender, and development. She is currently the Policy Lead at Gender Mobile Initiative and has acted as the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Lead at the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network (CYGEN).

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Bahati Mgogwe (Tanzania) is the Founder and Executive Director of Girls First Initiative, an organization that works to empower girls and young women to take action and own their future. Bahati has more than six years of experience in designing tools and programs to help young girls navigate the transition from childhood to adulthood.

The discussion will also include a video contribution from: 

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Susan Salome Chisi (Malawi) is a social science graduate from the University of Livingstonia, Malawi, specialising in development studies. As a passionate advocate for human rights, she actively participates in various networks, such as CYGEN and the Generation Democracy Network. As the co-founder and leader of Girls on the Lead, a young feminist movement, she advocates for equal rights and opportunities for young girls.

Follow the discussion online and tell us what will you do to #InspireInclusion

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