Baroness Patricia Scotland is Commonwealth Secretary General
Dominican- Born Patricia Baroness Scotland is new Secretary General of the Commonwealth.
Scotland has set history as the female to be appointed to the post.
She won during the elections held at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta on November 27th, 2015, as Dominica’s candidate for the position.
“Can I just say what a huge privilege and pleasure it is for me to be entrusted with one of the most burdensome but wonderful roles there are in the international world today?”
“I am incredibly proud to be the first woman to hold the post of Secretary General…I am incredibly proud that the PM of Malta instigated the first women’s conference. When he addressed the youth conference he said, “You are our heart,” when he addressed the women’s conference he said, “You are the brains,” he then said the heads will meet later. I agree with him but I do wish to put the women’s agenda very strongly on the table. Domestic violence affects one in three women globally. It is the greatest cause for morbidity in women and girls and it is a disgrace that that is so. In the UK we work together in partnership. All of us, Government, Local authorities, business, charities, third sector, civil society and we’ve managed to reduce domestic violence by 64% and reduced the economic cost of domestic violence by 7.1 billion pounds. That’s an aspiration I want for every single country in the commonwealth and then I think we may have a chance of peace. I am inviting every single citizen in the commonwealth to join with us to make that dream not just an aspiration but a reality.”
Meantime, Dominica’s Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit says the election of Baroness Patricia Scotland as the new Secretary General of the Commonwealth has brought honour to Dominica and the Caribbean.
A letter from the Office of the Prime Minister notes that it was with delight that he received word from H.E President Charles Savarin, who so expertly and diplomatically piloted Baroness Patricia Scotland’s candidature through the selection process in Malta on Dominica’s behalf that Baroness Scotland was chosen as the 6th Secretary General of the Commonwealth.
He congratulated her on her achievement of being the first woman to be elected to this position, stating that she has shown herself to be a change-maker and one who implements. He says her campaign for the past two years has demonstrated her ability to make things happen.”
Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan says Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit knew what he was doing when he decided to endorse Baroness Scotland.
Other Members of Parliament also extended congratulations to the newly appointed Commonwealth Secretary at the Parliament Session on Friday Nov. 27th.