Until Rumeisha became involved with COL’s GIRLS Inspire, she would rarely leave the house. This young woman from a village in Sri Lanka was raised in a traditional culture and would manage her day-to-day life with minimal income brought in by her husband and occasional sewing orders. Even though... read more

COL’s comprehensive support to the Mann Deshi Foundation (MDF) in India has helped empower the most vulnerable persons to withstand the economic impact of COVID-19. In November 2020, MDF launched the Mann Deshi eBazaar, a digital platform for rural women to sell a wide range of locally crafted... read more

Since 2002, Shidhulai Swanirvar Sangstha (SSS) has operated boat schools for thousands of families in remote, flood-prone regions of northwestern Bangladesh. These floating classrooms have provided access to education to the most vulnerable and the most marginalised, and with COL’s support, they... read more

The theme of this year’s International Women’s Day is I am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the 4th World Conference on Women, which set an agenda for women’s empowerment. While we can celebrate the achievements and successes of women, we... read more

11 October 2019, Burnaby, BC, Canada - Today the United Nations is celebrating the International Day of the Girl Child. This year it is themed “GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable,” and COL has achieved new milestones in advance of this date. Its signature GIRLS Inspire project, which is... read more

  GIRLS Inspire hosted a side event at the Women Deliver Conference on 6 June 2019 in Vancouver, Canada which featured presentations on ‘Stories of Community Engagement: How Social Media Plays a Part in Preventing Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM).’   COL’s President and CEO,... read more

GIRLS Inspire’s Side Event at the Women Deliver 2019 Conference on 6 June 2019 in Vancouver, Canada will feature lively presentations and discussions on ‘Stories of Community Engagement: How Social Media Plays a Part in Preventing Child, Early and Forced Marriage (CEFM).’ The Women Deliver... read more

The Founder and President of Mann Deshi Foundation, Ms Chetna Sinha, visited COL headquarters on April 11, 2018 to share insights on the Lifelong Learning for Farmers (L3F) initiative and GIRLS Inspire project.  Mann Deshi is partnering with Commonwealth of Learning (COL) in implementing... read more

A message from Professor Asha Kanwar, COL’s President and CEO, on International Women’s Day, 8 March 2018. Watch the video message Greetings from the Commonwealth of Learning on International Women’s Day 2018. The theme this year is “Press for Progress,” a call for the entire global... read more

GIRLS Inspire – Reaching the Unreached (RtU) project was launched to reach women and girls who are prevented from attending school by barriers such as early marriage, cultural norms and distance from schools in remote and disadvantaged communities of Bangladesh, India and ... read more