Rwanda: Patricia Scotland may continue in her role as Commonwealth Secretary-General

Championing women empowerment, gender equality - QC Patricia Scotland to retain her position in CHOGM

QC Patricia Scotland
QC Patricia Scotland

Rwanda: Political hatred of the UK’s Prime Minister against Patricia Baroness Scotland has erupted into a row amid the selection of the Commonwealth Secretary-General in Rwanda. Britain has stepped up against the current CSG by levelling allegations against Scotland.

It is believed that due to the political preferences of Patricia Scotland, the Conservatives Prime Minister has accused Patricia, who has served in the UK Labour Party. Among the leaders in Rwanda, there are widespread discussions on why PM Johnson is bringing in political rivalry in the selection of the Commonwealth Secretary-General. They also lambasted Prime Minister for involving 54 member states in their personal enmity.

Sources revealed that the UK is spreading information which is incorrect and lacks appropriate facts to prove the allegations against Patricia Scotland. In contrast, many leaders have directly and indirectly supported her candidature to retain the position.

In 2020 PM Boris Johnson wrote to Commonwealth Nations seeking their suggestions against Scotland being CSG and later told that many do not want her to be the leader; it is notable that the statement is unverified sources.

Recent survey findings also add to the support for QC Patricia Scotland, as many leaders from the Caribbean and Africa have expressed their complete support for her. A meeting of leaders behind the doors has decided to reinstate her as the leader of the Commonwealth.

Patricia Scotland assumed the office of Secretary-General in 2016 and became the first lady to hold such a position. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdowns, CHOGM was not possible and the meeting was delayed for over 2 years. She made a major breakthrough in handling her responsibilities as CSG.

Since Secretary-General Baroness has been in charge of the Commonwealth for the past six years, being a black female, she pioneered the symbol of equality. She assured to bring back the wealth into the Commonwealth by strengthening the cooperation among member states.

“When people told me that I should try something else, something less ambitious, and when at the time there were no options for people like me. Well, then, if all the options or bad to you, why not try for your passion for the thing you love” Patricia said in her interview with Forbes.

“Our Commonwealth is a family to 54 nations & is home to a 3rd of the global population with more than 2.5bn people. 60% of the population is young people under the age of 30 years, meaning we are a young vibrant Commonwealth,” Patricia Scotland said during a speech at CHOGM, Rwanda.

During her journey as CSG, Scotland has supported women’s empowerment and gender equality. Born in Dominica, she was the 10th child of 12 children born to her parents. Her mother is from Dominica and father from Antigua and Barbuda. She was 2 years old when she went to the UK and attained her education from Walthamstow. She went to Mid Essex Technical College in Chelmsford, where she obtained her law degree from the University of London and joined the bar at the Middle Temple in 1977.

She has been active in politics since 1999, when she started as the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and served as a bridge between bilateral relations of the UK with North American countries and the Caribbean in particular.