Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) British Islands and the Mediterranean Region

Following the establishment of a CWP regional steering committee in the British Islands and Mediterranean (BIM) region, the BIM CWP Chairperson held an inaugural conference and plenary session in Scotland in March 2014, to discuss issues surrounding gender and politics and to mark International Women’s Day. 

Subsequent conferences and meeting have been held in the region and Members have also marked International Women's Day.

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Regional Conference 2017 held at Welsh Assembly to discuss Women and Economic Empowerment    
The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) British Islands and Mediterranean Regional Conference has taken place with women Members of Parliament from across the region at the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff. Please click here to read the news story.

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians' British Islands and Mediterranean Regional Conference 2016 held in Guernsey
Twenty nine women Parliamentarians from across the British Islands and Mediterranean Region attended the annual regional conference of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) which was held in Guernsey in February 2016. The theme of the regional conference was ‘Influencing Policy and Legislation for the Empowerment of Women’ and presentations were delivered by a range of high-profile academics, a medical professional, as well as Parliamentarians from the region as well as other Commonwealth nations. Members of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians International Steering Committee - Hon. Meenakashi Lekhi MP (India); Lisa Dempster MHA (Canada); Hon. Catherine Cusack MLC (Australia); and Patricia Ferguson MSP (Scotland) – also attended the conference.

Delegates discussed a range of key topics including employment, health and education policies for women, the gender pay gap, gender budgeting, and health disparities and inequalities for both men and women. The discussions led by academics and practitioners underlined the importance of understanding the gender perspective of policy and legislation. By better understanding gender perspectives in policy and legislation, women parliamentarians can use their position and influence to enable women, as well as men, to better opportunities through education, employment and improved health and social care.

CWP BIM Region Video Project:
The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) from the BIM Region (through CPA UK) partnered with the Commonwealth Local Government Forum and the Commonwealth Secretariat to host a workshop on women's political empowerment as part of the Commonwealth Women's Forum held in the margins of CHOGM. The half-day workshop explored opportunities for and barriers to improving women's participation in political life, considering themes such as the role of political parties and civil society, and the link between local government and national parliaments. A short video on this topic taken at the workshop can be found below.

For more information about the current activities of the CWP BIM Region then please click here.