Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Pacific Region

The CWP Pacific Regional Chairperson focuses on two key factors critical to increasing women’s participation in public office: strong networks for women in decision making positions seeking parliamentary election and ensuring women in the Pacific are aware of how to access the support, mentoring and encouragement available to them. To that end, the CWP Pacific Region produces pamphlets outlining its objectives, vision and mission statement. 

A variety of regional strengthening activities have been undertaken with the aim to support both incumbent and emerging women Parliamentarians across the Pacific and create opportunities for women to participate in political life. The CWP Pacific Region wants to not only ensure current members are well-connected, but also to encourage future Pacific women Parliamentarians. The aims and objectives that underpin CWP Pacific Region activities are: increasing the representation of women in Pacific Parliaments, fostering closer relationship between women Parliamentarians in all branches of the Pacific Region, discussing and acting on gender-related and other issues in the Pacific Region and providing opportunities for strategic discussion development for women Parliamentarians.

The CWP Pacific Region is administered via the Parliament of New Zealand - please contact cpa@parliament.govt.nz for further information.

Updated 18/08/2020/CPAHQ




Recent News about the CWP Pacific Region



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 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