Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Chairperson
Hon. Shandana Gulzar Khan, MNA
National Assembly of Pakistan 

The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) is Hon. Shandana Gulzar Khan, MNA of the National Assembly of Pakistan.

The new Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians was elected for a three-year term at the CWP Business Meeting at the sixth triennial conference of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) that took place in Kampala, Uganda as part of the wider 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference. 

The CWP Chairperson, Hon. Shandana Gulzar Khan, MNA pledged to renew the effort to increase women’s representation and political participation in Parliaments across the Commonwealth. Hon. Shandana Gulzar Khan, MNA is a Member of National Assembly of Pakistan and Parliamentary Secretary at the Ministry of Commerce and Industry. A qualified legal professional with extensive knowledge and experience in international trade and economic law advocacy and an articulate communicator, fluent in three languages, she was elected to the National Assembly in August 2018. As an activist, she has worked on economic rehabilitation of abandoned post-incarceration females and providing opportunities for their families; developing training and legislation for female lawyers; as well as advising NGOs to better understand societal problems. She has authored various articles on a number of issues, including the creation of Pakistan’s first IP strategic framework, the industrial policy vacuum and has conducted many training seminars on various aspects of international trade policy and development.

At the CWP Steering Committee meeting held immediately after the election, the Members of the Steering Committee also elected Hon. Zainab Gimba, MP (Nigeria), CWP Africa Region Chairperson as the CWP Vice-Chairperson (2019-2020) for a one year term.

Under CPA election rules only female delegates to the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference and CWP Steering Committee Members could take part in the vote to elect a new CWP Chairperson. 

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) is the network of women Members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s Parliament and Legislatures. The CWP network provides a means of building the capacity of women elected to parliament to be more effective in their roles; improving the awareness and ability of all Parliamentarians, male and female, and encouraging them to include a gender perspective in all aspects of their role - legislation, oversight and representation and helping parliaments to become gender-sensitive institutions.


Previous Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Chairpersons include:
- Hon. Dr Dato' Noraini Ahmad, MP (Malaysia) - 2016-2019
Rt Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, MP (Uganda) - 2013-2016
- Hon. Alix Boyd Knights, MHA (Dominica) - 2010-2013
Ms Kashmala Tariq MNA, (Pakistan) - 2007-2010
- Hon. Lindiwe Maseko, MP (South Africa) - 2004-2007


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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 Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) is the network of women Members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association's Parliaments and Legislatures. The CWP network provides a means of building the capacity of women elected to Parliament to be more effective in their roles; improving the awareness and ability of all Parliamentarians, male and female, and encouraging them to include a gender perspective in all aspects of their role - legislation, oversight and representation and helping parliaments to become gender-sensitive institutions. 

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

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Updated 02 October 2019/CPAHQ