Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians British Islands and Mediterranean Regional Conference held in London 

The United Kingdom Parliament and CPA UK Branch hosted the annual British Islands and Mediterranean Regional Conference for Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) on 26 and 27 April 2018.

The theme of the conference was ‘Women in Parliament: Past, Present and Future’ and it was attended by over 25 Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians from across the region. The conference focused on the centenary of the UK Parliament passing the Representation of the People Act, alongside topical issues such as sexual harassment and online abuse.

UK Parliamentarian, Hon. Meg Hillier, MP delivered the keynote address and spoke about her role as Chair of the UK House of Commons Public Accounts Committee and the importance of gender representation on Parliamentary Committees.

Rt. Hon. Maria Miller, MP spoke about her work as Chair of The UK House of Commons Women and Equalities Select Committee and conference delegates also heard from the CWP BIM Regional Chairperson, Joyce Watson, AM (Wales). States of Alderney Member, Norma Paris spoke about being the only woman Member in her Parliament, one of the smallest in the Commonwealth.

The CWP regional conference partnered with a number of youth organisations such as The Girls Network to hear about the issues affecting young women and Members heard from London school girls about their experiences of social media and also examined how to engage young women and girls in politics.


Updated 30 April 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. 

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association connects, develops, promotes and supports Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and the implementation of the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The CPA is an international community of around 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance. 
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