Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians in Africa Region encourage more women to participate in elections at workshop in Tanzania 

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) from the CWP Africa Region have held a CWP Africa Region Gender Sensitization Workshop on the theme of ‘Advancing Women’s Participation in Electoral Processes’ in Arusha, Tanzania from 25 to 29 October 2019.

The seminar was opened by Her Excellency Samia Suluhu Hassan, Vice-President of the United Republic of Tanzania and the seminar was addressed by the newly elected International Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), Hon. Shandana Gulzar Khan, MNA of the National Assembly of Pakistan. Also in attendance were: Rt Hon. Martin Ngoga, MLA, Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly; Rt Hon. Job Ndugai, MP, Speaker of the National Assembly of Tanzania; Hon. Tulia Ackson, MP, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Tanzania; Hon. Dr Zainab Gimba, MP, CWP Africa Regional Chairperson (Nigeria); Hon. Mrisho Gambo, Regional Commissioner of Arusha; Mr Stephen Kagaigai, Clerk of the National Assembly of Tanzania and CPA Africa Regional Secretary.

The newly elected Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Chairperson, Hon. Shandana Gulzar Khan, MNA gave her impressions of the CWP Africa Region Gender Sensitization Workshop on advancing women's participation in elections in Arusha, Tanzania, her first official visit since her election.

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Updated 31 October 2019.

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) was founded in 1989 to increase the number of female elected representatives in Parliaments and legislatures across the Commonwealth and to ensure that women’s issues are brought to the fore in parliamentary debate and legislation. The network campaigns for gender equality in all spheres. 

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