The Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network (CBWN) has its origins in 2002 when it was established as a joint initiative of the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Commonwealth Business Council (CBC), now the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council. In 2014 CBWN was spun out of CBC and established as an independent entity.
On 14 August 2016, Commonwealth Governments provided accreditation for the first time in the 70-year history of the modern Commonwealth to an autonomous organisation working with and for women in business and focused on women’s leadership and economic empowerment: the Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network in the category of ‘Civil Society and Professional Organisations’. Following an independent review in 2016, CBWN became a Community Interest Company or CIC, to signal its community remit, sharpen its social impact and support its sustainability and future growth.
In 2010 CBWN was invited to address the CHOGM Business Forum for the first time. To mark the occasion this shows CBC Director General Dr. Mohan Kaul at the Perth Business Forum with Arif Zaman, Adviser CBC, Freda Miriklis, President, International Federation of Business and Professional Women (BPW International) and Deb Leary, President of the British Association of Women Entrepreneurs (BAWE).