CWP New Zealand meet with visiting UK delegation to discuss gender equality initiatives 

Members of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) New Zealand group, co-chaired by Jo Hayes, MP (National) and Louisa Wall, MP (Labour) held a meeting with UK Parliamentarians, Baroness Redfern and Diana Johnson, MP, part of a visiting CPA UK delegation in April 2018. The agenda included discussion of conducting a survey of women MPs (and potentially male MPs) on their experience of sexual violence, abuse and harassment. Both the UK and New Zealand Members noted that social media has increased the visibility and frequency of threats to MPs and their families, but the #metoo movement has also been bringing this into the light. The CWP New Zealand Members are continuing to progress its work to end forced and underaged marriage and are looking at its cross-party legislative agenda for this term.

CWP members also discussed a campaign to ensure all women MPs are up to date with cervical smears and mammograms and intend to highlight this on social media to demonstrate that Members are good role models for their staff, families and constituencies. CWP Members also agreed to hold their annual pink ribbon breakfast to raise funds for Breast Cancer research and awareness in May.
                                                                
During the same week, the Parliament of New Zealand also had a number of visiting women MPs and women clerks from the Pacific Region’s legislatures for a regional workshop. CWP Pacific Steering Committee Chair, Anahila Kanonga’ata-Suisuiki, MP met with the workshop delegates to talk about the challenges and opportunities facing the CPA Pacific Region and enhancing women in leadership was a key theme of the discussions
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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. 

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