Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) attend global network of female Parliamentarians, held in the Middle East for the first time

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) have joined more than 400 female Members of Parliaments and Governments from around 80 countries at the Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) Summit 2016 which took place in the Plenary Hall of the Parliament of Jordan.

Under the title 'Women in Politics: Fast Forward' the WIP 2016 Summit focused on the importance of parity of power, and address urgent matters such as peace, security, migration and integration. This Summit, co-hosted by WIP and the Parliament of Jordan, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), was the first of its kind to be held in a country of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, as an integral part of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, works for the better representation of women in legislatures and for the furtherance of gender equality across the Commonwealth and held its first Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Working Group at the WIP Summit on the subject of ‘Political Violence Against Women’.

The CWP Working Group was led by: Hon. Catherine Cusack MLC (New South Wales, Australia), CWP Australia Region Steering Committee Member (representing the CWP Chairperson); Hon. Shirley Osborne MLA, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Montserrat, CWP Steering Committee Member for the Caribbean, Atlantic and Americas Region and Vice-Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association; and Ms Clare Doube, Chairperson, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. Many Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians were also in attendance at the summit: Hon. Munokoa Poto Williams MP, CWP Steering Committee Member for the Pacific Region (New Zealand); Hon. Asma Rasheed MP (Maldives) CWP Steering Committee Member for the Asia Region; Baroness Armstrong (United Kingdom), Representing the CWP Steering Committee Member for the British Islands and Mediterranean Region; Hon. Patricia Arab MP (Canada), Representing the CWP Steering Committee Member for the Canada Region; CPA Executive Committee Member, Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka MP (Cameroon).

"The mission of Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP) is to increase the number and influence of female Parliamentarians across the globe. After bringing this forum to different countries and continents to identify and share best practices, WIP is delighted to celebrate its annual summit in the Middle East for the first time. We are honoured and thrilled that so many female leaders coming from different countries and political families will be sharing ideas and strategies to boost women’s participation in politics, regionally and globally". – Silvana Koch-Mehrin, Founder of WIP.

For images of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians at the WIP Global Summit 2016 please click here.

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