Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP)
CWP International Activities
There are several institutionalised meetings which are aimed at helping the CWP to exchange information and streamline its regional working programmes.
Meeting of the CWP Steering Committee
The CWP Steering Committee meets on an annual basis ahead of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference, where they agree a work programme for the year ahead.
Pan-Commonwealth Triennial CWP Conference
Every three years, the CWP holds its triennial conference during the annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference. The most recent CWP Conference was held in December 2016 in London, United Kingdom under the theme of ‘Political Violence Against Women’. For a report of the CWP Conference please click here.
The CWP Business Meeting deals with the business of the CWP and takes place annually before the CPA Annual Conference. It was previously only open to women delegates, observers and clerks, but at the 60th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Cameroon, male delegates, observers and clerks wished to attend as well. This was supported widely by the CWP as it was agreed that for women to gain ground politically, men had to support them through this process. The most recent CWP Business Meeting was held in December 2016.
A CWP session focusing on a selected topic and is held immediately following the CWP Business Meeting.
A gender related Workshop features as part of the Annual Conference; its theme is selected by the CWP Steering Committee. The Workshop is open to all Delegates of the CPA Annual Conference and organised and chaired by the CWP President.
Pan-Commonwealth Conferences and Workshops
The CWP has held Pan-Commonwealth Conferences on the themes including ‘The Role of Women and Girls in the Post-2015 Development Era’. The CWP Chairperson, CWP Steering Committee Members and an additional Regional Representative from each of the nine CPA regions attend these conferences. The conferences provide participants with the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the current thinking in CWP activities, to hear about the work of governments across the Commonwealth and to reflect on the progress made.
International Women’s Day
The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) participate in International Women's Day to highlight the work of the CWP. Click here for CWP activities on International Day.
For further information including the aims of the CWP, please contact the CPA Secretariat on email@example.com.
In addition to CWP International, there are regional groups of the CWP with their own steering committees and programmes of activities. For further information on CWP activities within CPA regions, please click here.