Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Africa Regional Workshop in Eastern Cape discusses women’s economic empowerment  

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Africa Region have held a three-day workshop and women’s parliament dialogue for Commonwealth Parliamentarians at the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature in South Africa from 18 to 20 June 2018. The objectives of the CWP Africa Regional workshop were to expand accountability by Members on women’s representation; to mobilise the active participation of women in government programmes; to ensure the involvement of women in the Africa 2063 Agenda and sustainable development goals with a view to mainstream gender in the budgetary process. The dialogue also aimed to raise awareness and debate towards the emancipation of women and representation of women in leadership. 

The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Africa Region and the Deputy Chairperson of Committees in the South Africa Parliament, Hon. Thoko Didiza, MP, gave a keynote address under the theme of ‘Women at the centre of radical economic transformation’. 

Delegates attending the CWP Africa Regional workshop included Speakers and Members of Parliament, Government Ministers, Members of Provincial Legislatures, councillors from local municipalities, civic society organisations, academic institutions, businesses and student organisations. 


Updated 20th June 2018.

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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