News about the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP)



International Women’s Day 2019: Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians highlight gender equality and women’s representation in Parliament
Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) today marked International Women’s Day 2019 by highlighting the importance of gender equality and the urgent need to increase women’s representation in Parliaments. International Women's Day (8th March) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity, with the theme of International Women's Day 2019 calling for a more gender-balanced world - ‘Better the balance, better the world’. To mark International Women’s Day 2019, the CWP have published a video to launch its new CWP Alumni Initiative for former women Parliamentarians to deliver mentoring, coaching and advice to benefit sitting women Parliamentarians and to act as a resource for the CWP
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Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Chairperson commends Parliament of Tanzania for achieving the Commonwealth target of over 30% women Parliamentarians
The Chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka, MP, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Cameroon has addressed the Parliament of Tanzania and commended the Parliament for its gains in gender equality by achieving 36.7% women Members of Parliament. The current Commonwealth target is to achieve over 30% women MPs. The CPA Chairperson was received by the Speaker of the National Assembly of Tanzania and CPA Tanzania Branch President, Rt Hon. Job Yustino Ndugai, MP and Deputy Speaker, Hon. Dr Tulia Ackson, MP at the main Parliament building.






Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians in South East Asia Region renew their commitment to women’s rights at the Parliament of Malaysia
Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians from the South East Asia Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) have renewed their commitment to women’s rights at a conference on Women’s Political Leadership at the Parliament of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur, held on 18 and 19 February 2019. The #WomenWhoLead conference brought together over 100 political and civil society leaders and influencers from across the region and the wider Commonwealth to share inspiration and insights around the myths that prevent positive change for women’s rights. Leading voices from Malaysia attended the conference to discuss the barriers to women’s participation in politics
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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians from Fiji and New Zealand share valuable lessons through parliamentary exchanges
A delegation of eight women Members of the Parliament of the Republic of Fiji spent a useful week in New Zealand, learning and sharing knowledge with counterparts from the Parliament of New Zealand. The delegation from Fiji, including three Ministers, an Assistant Minister, and four MPs, were in New Zealand as part of an ongoing Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians programme of parliamentary capacity and relationship-building between women Parliamentarians in the CPA Pacific Region. The delegation enjoyed a busy schedule, engaging in a series of workshops and building connections with New Zealand Parliamentarians
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A new chapter in democracy as the National Assembly of Mauritius joins other Commonwealth Parliaments in establishing a gender caucus to advance democratic governance  

The National Assembly of Mauritius has launched a new Parliamentary Gender Caucus aimed at promoting gender equality in Parliament. Hon. Mrs Santi Bai Hanoomanjee, Speaker of the National Assembly of Mauritius spoke of the catalytic effect that gender equality has in the achievement of an inclusive and progressive society and promoting good governance and Mr Akbar Khan, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) was guest of honour at the launch in Mauritius. . 

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