Commonwealth Secretariat Scoping Mission In Barbados

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Minister of Youth, Family and Sports, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo (right), conversing with Head of Gender of the Social Transformation Programmes Division, Esther Eghobamien, before discussions on the WAMM meeting.

Two members of the Commonwealth Secretariat today completed a three-day scoping mission to Barbados, where they discussed plans with government officials to stage the 9th Women???s Affairs Ministers??? Meeting (WAMM) here in June 2010.

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They are Head of Gender of the Social Transformation Programmes Division, Esther Eghobamien, and Programme Assistant, Mamusa Siyunyi.

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The Commonwealth officials met with the Minister of Youth, Family and Sports, Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Irvine Best, and the Acting Director of the Bureau of Gender Affairs, John Hollingsworth, to finalise the dates, a venue and the various responsibilities of the Commonwealth and the Government of Barbados for the successful hosting of the meeting.

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While here, they visited some of the conference facilities, as well as several hotels.

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The WAMM agenda is still to be finalised, but during the conference, the Commonwealth Secretariat will deliver the mid-term review of the Commonwealth Gender Plan of Action, 2005-2015. The Commonwealth Ministers are responsible for gender and women???s affairs, but they influence decisions and policies affecting all their citizens.

WAMM meetings are held triennially, with the last one being in 2007 in Uganda.

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