International Women’s Day 2018

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 2018 is 'Progress for Women and the Vote in the Commonwealth'

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) marked International Women’s Day 2018 by highlighting gender equality and increasing women’s representation in Parliaments. To mark the occasion, the CWP have launched a new video in which the CWP Chairperson and women Parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth speak about the CWP’s work in gender equality and their own experiences of being in Parliament. The video also highlights 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 view the video interview with Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (short version) please click here.
A longer version of the video interviews can be found by clicking here.

The CWP video features interviews with: the CWP Chairperson, Hon. Dr Noraini Ahmad, MP (Malaysia); CWP President – Hon. Sagufta Yasmin, MP (Bangladesh); CWP Africa Region – Hon. Thoko Didiza, MP (South Africa); CWP Australia Region – Hon. Jennifer Aitchison, MP (New South Wales); CWP British Islands and Mediterranean Region – Hon. Samantha Sacramento, MP (Gibraltar); CWP Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region – Hon. Shirley Osborne, MLA (Montserrat); CWP Canada Region – Hon. Yasmin Ratansi, MP (Canada); CWP South East Asia Region – Hon. Datuk Hajah Normala bintj Abdul Samad, MP (Malaysia); CWP Pacific Region – Hon. Poto Williams, MP (New Zealand). 

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians across the nine regions of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association celebrated International Women’s Day 2018 with a wide range of events and activities. 

To mark International Women’s Day 2018, Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians attended a high-level panel discussion hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat at Marlborough House in London, UK at which the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland spoke about gender equality in the Commonwealth.

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 Women Parliamentarians (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. 

Updated Wednesday 7 March 2018.