International Women’s Day 2017

International Women's Day (March 8) 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. The theme of International Women's Day 2017 is 'Be Bold for Change'

To mar
the occasion, the Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians, Hon. Dato' Noraini Ahmad MP, Parliament of Malaysia, speaks out on behalf of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians. In her speech
, the Hon. Chairperson stresses the importance of reaching the Commonwealth target of 30% female representation in Commonwealth legislatures and the vital role of networks such as the CWP to achieve change to increase the number of women in parliaments. 

Please view a video of her speech below or visit the following linkYou can also find the video message on the CPA Secretariat YouTube channel:

To read about the activity of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) across the Commonwealth on International Women's Day 2017 please click here.

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians highlight gender equality and increasing women’s representation in parliaments for International Women’s Day 2017 
Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) have been marking International Women’s Day 2017 by highlighting gender equality and increasing women’s representation in Parliaments. Events have taken place across the Commonwealth and the CWP Chairperson released a special video message for all Commonwealth Parliamentarians. 
Please click here to read the news story.

For further information about the work of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians please visit or contact the CPA Secretariat on

Published on Monday 6th March 2017.


Notes to Editors 

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.

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), now in its 105th year with HM The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth as its Patron, exists to develop, promote and support Parliamentarians and their staff to identify benchmarks of good governance and to implement the enduring values of the Commonwealth. The CPA is an international community of over 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures working together to deepen the Commonwealth’s commitment to the highest standards of democratic governance. Parliaments, their Members and officials learn from each other through CPA activities: Annual Commonwealth Parliamentary Conferences, Regional Conferences and other symposiums; Interparliamentary visits; Parliamentary Seminars and Workshops; Publications including The Parliamentarian, the Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments; and the Parliamentary Information and Reference Centre. 

For further information about the CPA, please contact: 

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association 
CPA Secretariat, Westminster House, 
Suite 700, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA, 
United Kingdom 
T: 44-20-7799-1460 
F: 44-20-7222-6073 
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