Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Africa Region

A Strategic Plan for the CWP Africa Region was launched in 2013. This plan includes the overarching goal to establish local CWP chapters in each respective member parliament. The activities by the Africa Region are set to contribute to this goal. The CWP Steering Committee Member of the Africa Region has visited Branches in the Region to solicit support in light of its activities.

Regional Activities

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) East Africa Regional Gender Sensitization Workshop in Uganda focuses on mainstreaming gender in parliamentary business            
The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Africa Region have held a four-day gender sensitization workshop for Commonwealth Parliamentarians from the East Africa region at the Parliament of Uganda in Kampala from 21 to 26 July 2018. The Chairperson of the CWP Africa Region, Hon. Thoko Didiza, MP, gave a keynote address under the theme of ‘Mainstreaming Gender in Parliamentary Business
.

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Africa Regional Workshop in Eastern Cape discusses women’s economic empowerment            
The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Africa Region have held a three-day workshop and women’s parliament dialogue for Commonwealth Parliamentarians at the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature in South Africa to expand accountability by Members on women’s representation and to mobilise the active participation of women in government programmes. The dialogue also aimed to raise awareness and debate towards the emancipation of women and representation of women in leadership.
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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Africa Regional Workshop focuses on knowledge building to increase women’s participation in the region
The CWP Africa Region held a Regional Capacity Building Workshop in Tanzania in January 2016. The main objective of the CWP Regional Capacity Building Workshop was to enhance the knowledge and understanding for Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, of their role in facilitating the increase of women’s participation in decision-making structures across the continent. The Workshop created the opportunity for interfacing and the sharing of experiences between Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians and valuable insight was also gained from the expertise of invited resource persons. The CWP Regional event was attended by two of the CWP Steering Committee and ten national and sub-national CPA Branches were represented which were: Ghana; Kenya; Mauritius; Nigeria; South Africa; Tanzania; Uganda; Zambia and Gauteng and Zanzibar. 

The workshop focused on four thematic topics: Electoral Systems Candidates Support; Legal Instruments e.g. The Quota Stem; Political Party Policies; and Women and the Media. Participants heard presentations from Dr Linda Musumba, the founding Dean of Kenyatta University School of Law in Kenya and Dr Lucy Willy Massoi, a lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.


7th Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Africa Regional Conference hosted in Mauritius
The 7th Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Africa Regional Conference was held in the margins of the 47th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Africa Regional Conference in August 2016 in Mauritius. Delegates attended the conference from CPA Branches across the Africa Region. The CPA International Executive Committee was represented by Hon. Shirley M. Osborne MLA, Vice-Chairperson of the CPA International Executive Committee and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Montserrat.


Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Africa Region meet for Workshop at the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature in South Africa
The KwaZulu-Natal Legislature Women's Caucus and Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Africa Region held a workshop in Durban, South Africa in September 2016 on the impact of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The workshop was a joint programme with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on the operationalisation of the SDGs and the role of the CWP in playing effective oversight. The Chairperson of CWP Africa Region, Hon. Angela Thoko Didiza MP (South Africa) gave a keynote address on the topic ‘The role of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians in playing effective oversight’ to the Workshop. The following sub-themes were also covered: Transition from the MDGs to SDGs; SDGs alignment to Agenda 2063 and the National Development Plan; Parliamentarians engagement; Gender in the Local Context; Mainstreaming Gender in SDGs; Localising the SDGs; and UN system's Common Approach to Supporting Countries to Integrate the SDGs.


Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Rwanda Branch Steering Committee inaugurated
The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) has been inaugurated in the Parliament of Rwanda and has elected a number of Members of Parliament (both Senators and Deputies) to its Steering Committee to promote the views and concerns of women Parliamentarians throughout the country. The CWP Rwanda Steering Committee is also responsible for developing programmes to further the aims of the CWP within the country, in the Africa Region and across the world. The CWP Rwanda Steering Committee is headed by a Chairperson – Senator Hon. Mukobwa Justine - deputized by two members, one in charge of policy, mobilization and strategy – Senator Hon. Mukasine Marie Claire - and the other in charge of finances – Senator Hon. Kazarwa Gertrude – with a further five Members. Upon her election as the Chairperson of the CWP Rwanda, Hon. Mukobwa Justine informed the House that she was ready to work with other Members for the good of the organisation and also assured them that her stewardship will leave no stone unturned on how best to empower women in Rwanda and Africa as a continent. The Parliament of Rwanda has one of the highest global numbers for female representation in parliament (in 2016 at 64%).

For further information about the CWP Africa region please contact the CPA Africa Region or the CPA Secretariat.

Please click on the links below to download CWP Africa Region documents.

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) East Africa Regional Gender Sensitization Workshop in Uganda focuses on mainstreaming gender in parliamentary business            
The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Africa Region have held a four-day gender sensitization workshop for Commonwealth Parliamentarians from the East Africa region at the Parliament of Uganda in Kampala from 21 to 26 July 2018. The Chairperson of the CWP Africa Region, Hon. Thoko Didiza, MP, gave a keynote address under the theme of ‘Mainstreaming Gender in Parliamentary Business
.

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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Canada Region launch new website ahead of Steering Committee meetings highlighting forthcoming priorities in 2018           
The CWP Canada Region held its Steering Committee meeting and launched a new website ahead of the 56th CPA Canada Regional Conference in Ottawa, Canada. The CWP Canada Region held a regional meeting and workshop sessions introduced by the CWP Canada Regional Chair, Hon. Laura Ross, MLA (Saskatchewan)
.

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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Africa Regional Workshop in Eastern Cape discusses women’s economic empowerment            
The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Africa Region have held a three-day workshop and women’s parliament dialogue for Commonwealth Parliamentarians at the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature in South Africa to expand accountability by Members on women’s representation and to mobilise the active participation of women in government programmes. The dialogue also aimed to raise awareness and debate towards the emancipation of women and representation of women in leadership.

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) East Africa Regional Gender Sensitization Workshop in Uganda focuses on mainstreaming gender in parliamentary business            
The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Africa Region have held a four-day gender sensitization workshop for Commonwealth Parliamentarians from the East Africa region at the Parliament of Uganda in Kampala from 21 to 26 July 2018. The Chairperson of the CWP Africa Region, Hon. Thoko Didiza, MP, gave a keynote address under the theme of ‘Mainstreaming Gender in Parliamentary Business
.

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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Canada Region launch new website ahead of Steering Committee meetings highlighting forthcoming priorities in 2018           
The CWP Canada Region held its Steering Committee meeting and launched a new website ahead of the 56th CPA Canada Regional Conference in Ottawa, Canada. The CWP Canada Region held a regional meeting and workshop sessions introduced by the CWP Canada Regional Chair, Hon. Laura Ross, MLA (Saskatchewan)
.

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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Africa Regional Workshop in Eastern Cape discusses women’s economic empowerment            
The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Africa Region have held a three-day workshop and women’s parliament dialogue for Commonwealth Parliamentarians at the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature in South Africa to expand accountability by Members on women’s representation and to mobilise the active participation of women in government programmes. The dialogue also aimed to raise awareness and debate towards the emancipation of women and representation of women in leadership.