International Women’s Day 2021: Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians highlight gender equality and women’s representation in Parliaments #ChooseToChallenge  #IWD2021

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) will mark International Women’s Day 2021 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 this year calling for a more gender-balanced world and the difference individuals can make. 

#ChooseToChallenge call for everyone to challenge for change and to forge a gender equal world that celebrates women's achievement and raises awareness against bias. 

To mark International Women’s Day 2021, the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) network will be undertaking a wide range of events and activities. Please check back this web page for further information.


The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) is the network of women Members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s Parliaments and Legislatures and the network is celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2019. The CWP network provides a means of building the capacity of women elected to Parliament to be more effective in their roles, improving the awareness and ability of all Parliamentarians, male and female, and encouraging them to include a gender perspective in all aspects of their role - legislation, oversight and representation - and helping Parliaments to become gender-sensitive institutions. The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) was founded in 1989 to increase the number of female elected representatives in Parliaments and legislatures across the Commonwealth and to ensure that women’s issues are brought to the fore in parliamentary debate and legislation. 

Updated 15 January 2021/CPAHQ.