News about the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP)



Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) reaffirms its core priority of promoting gender equality in Parliaments as it releases new three-year strategic plan 
The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) network has officially published the CWP Strategic Plan 2020-2022 which sets out its core priority to encourage women Parliamentarians and Commonwealth Parliaments to advance issues around gender equality and to advocate for greater representation of women in Parliaments across the Commonwealth
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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) New Zealand support new sculpture project to commemorate women MPs and their bi-cultural journey to Parliament 
The CWP New Zealand Group and the Speaker of the New Zealand Parliament are working with the Wellington Sculpture Trust to commission a sculpture to celebrate the journey that the women of New Zealand have made to become Members of Parliament. The specially commissioned sculpture will mark the contribution made to the New Zealand Parliament by many women throughout the years
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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) New Zealand support multi-Member Bill on FGM that is set to become law 
The CWP New Zealand Group have supported a multi-Member Bill in the New Zealand Parliament that will bring in new legislative reform for female genital mutilation (FGM). The Crimes (Definition of Female Genital Mutilation) Amendment Bill completed its Third Reading, with support from all parties in the New Zealand Parliament, and is set to become New Zealand law. It is the first time in the history of the New Zealand Parliament that a Member’s Bill has been sponsored by more than one MP
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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Pacific Region meet for Regional Conference in Niue to discuss effective political participation for women 
Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) from the Pacific Region met for their Regional Conference, from 24 to 28 February 2020 in Niue, to discuss gender equality and effective communication, with MPs attending from across the Region, led by CWP Pacific Regional Chair, Hon. Anahila Kanongata’a-Suisuiki, MP (New Zealand)
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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) British Islands and Mediterranean Regional Conference takes place in the Falkland Islands 
The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) British Islands and Mediterranean (BIM) Regional Conference, was hosted by the Falkland Islands Legislature and the CPA Falkland Branch in February 2020 and was attended by over twenty delegates
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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Chairperson promotes gender equality on visits to South Africa, Iceland and the UK 
Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) are marking International Women’s Day 2020 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 2020 calling for a more gender-balanced world and the difference individuals can make - #EachForEqual
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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Chairperson promotes gender equality on visits to South Africa, Iceland and the UK 
The newly elected Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Chairperson, Hon. Shandana Gulzar Khan, MNA (Pakistan) has been promoting gender equality and the CWP’s activities and initiatives on a series of visits that has taken her to three different countries. The CWP Chairperson first visited Western Cape in South Africa to participate in a programme of events convened to re-establish their Parliament’s commitment to the values of the CWP then travelled to Iceland to attend the Global Forum for Women Leaders and then to the UK to visit the CPA Headquarters and the Gender Unit at the Commonwealth Secretariat
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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians in Africa Region encourage more women to participate in elections at workshop in Tanzania 
Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) from the CWP Africa Region have held a CWP Africa Region Gender Sensitization Workshop on the theme of ‘Advancing Women’s Participation in Electoral Processes’ in Arusha, Tanzania from 25 to 29 October 2019.

The newly elected Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Chairperson, Hon. Shandana Gulzar Khan, MNA attended the CWP Africa Region Gender Sensitization Workshop on advancing women's participation in elections, her first official visit since her election.

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3rd Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Australia Regional Conference in South Australia held on the theme of ‘125 years towards getting even’ 
From 8 to 9 October 2019, over 50 women Parliamentarians from all sides of politics and all state, territory and federal Legislatures in the CPA Australia Region attended the 3rd Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Australia Regional Conference, which was hosted by the Parliament of South Australia in Adelaide. The two-day CWP Regional Conference was held as part of the celebrations of 125 years of women’s suffrage in South Australia and the Regional Conference programme included consideration of the gains that women have made toward parity of representation in Australia and the further work that needs to be done.

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Newly elected Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Chairperson pledges to increase women’s representation and political participation in Parliaments
The newly elected Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), Hon. Shandana Gulzar Khan, MNA of the National Assembly of Pakistan has pledged to renew the effort to increase women’s representation and political participation in Parliaments across the Commonwealth. The new Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians was elected for a three-year term at the CWP Business Meeting held 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
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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians discuss new ways to increase women’s representation in Parliament at CWP triennial conference in Uganda and mark 30th anniversary of the network
Women Parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth have gathered in Kampala, Uganda for the triennial conference of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP), held ahead of the wider 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference. The theme of the sixth Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Conference was ‘CWP at 30 years: Achievements and Unfinished Business – Looking forward to the next 30 years’ in recognition of the CWP’s 30th anniversary in 2019
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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Asia Region discuss impediments and challenges facing women in politics at 5th CPA Asia Regional Conference in Pakistan

A seminar for Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) has been held for women Members at the 5th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Asia Regional Conference from 29 July to 2 August 2019 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The seminar was attended by the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Hon. Asad Qaiser and the Chairperson of the CPA International Executive Committee, Hon. Emilia Lifaka, MP, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Cameroon
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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Canada Region meet in Nova Scotia
The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Canada Regional meetings have taken place from 12 to 15 July 2019 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The CWP Canada Regional Chair, Hon. Laura Ross, MLA (Saskatchewan) chaired the meetings which took place ahead of the 57th CPA Canada Regional Conference in Nova Scotia later the same week
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12th Regional Conference of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Caribbean, Americas and the Atlantic Region takes place in Trinidad and Tobago on theme of ‘Women in Leadership’
Commonwealth Parliamentarians from across the region have met for the 12th Regional Conference of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Caribbean, Americas and the Atlantic Region hosted by the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago on 13 and 14 July 2019 on the theme of 'Women in Leadership'
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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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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians in Africa Region encourage more women to participate in elections at workshop in Tanzania 
Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) from the CWP Africa Region have held a CWP Africa Region Gender Sensitization Workshop on the theme of ‘Advancing Women’s Participation in Electoral Processes’ in Arusha, Tanzania from 25 to 29 October 2019.

The newly elected Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Chairperson, Hon. Shandana Gulzar Khan, MNA attended the CWP Africa Region Gender Sensitization Workshop on advancing women's participation in elections, her first official visit since her election.

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Newly elected Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians