First Female Commonwealth Secretary-General

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Patricia Janet Scotland, Baroness Scotland of Asthal, PC, QC (born 19 August 1955) is a Dominican born, British barrister and jurist, who served in many ministerial positions within the UK Government, most notably as the Attorney General for England and Wales and Advocate General for Northern Ireland. At the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting she was elected the 6th Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations and will take office April 1, 2016. She will be the first woman to hold the post and will take up office next April.

Speaking during a press conference, Baroness Scotland expressed her pride and gratitude at being given such a privilege at the same time when the first-ever Commonwealth Women’s Forum recognized the importance of women in leadership.

She added that “The Commonwealth shares a great deal. It has 33 per cent of the world’s population. It has the capacity to bring together people of all religions; concentrate on what joins us. It’s a real opportunity to invest and work together. If you work together with people respectfully, you can bring about change. Human rights and development go hand-in-hand.”

We congratulate Baroness Patricia Scotland once again on her new role as Commonwealth Secretary-General Designate!

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This work has been adapted from CHOGM MALTA 2015: New Commonwealth Secretary-General appointed and is therefore made available under the same license.

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