Patricia Scotland

The hidden pandemic alongside Covid-19

Waking up to screams, thuds, angry shouting and the sickening sound of someone crashing into a wall, a table, a door. This is the cruel reality of many children and young people across our Commonwealth. And as economies, institutions and social welfare sectors continue to buckle under the strain...

Thursday, June 4, 2020, 12:45 AM

Commonwealth sounds alarm to waken world from sleep-walking into another debt crisis

TRADE WARS, protectionism, and nationalist rhetoric are combining to weave the possibility of a night­mare debt crisis that could be worse than any previously experienced. Global borrowing is now at the high­est levels since the 1950s – and his­tory suggests we should take this as...

Friday, October 18, 2019, 4:34 PM

Gender equality has never been so close but still far from being a reality

This month the Commonwealth Women’s Affairs Ministers Meeting will assemble in Nairobi, Kenya. It has taken place regularly since 1985, to take stock of the current status of gender equality in our member countries, and to share perspectives and experience of how progress on this important...

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 12:00 AM

Why disaster readiness is critical for Africa, and what the Commonwealth is doing about it

Five months ago, Cyclone Idai ripped through the Southern African region, causing a massive humanitarian disaster that affected three million people. More than a thousand perished, while 200,000 lost their homes, many of whom are still to this day living in refugee camps. Economic losses were...

Thursday, August 1, 2019, 12:00 AM

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