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Q & A: Grenada Women's Parliamentary Caucus

Glynis Roberts, Vice-President of the Grenada Women's Parliamentary Caucus, offers an insight the history, vision, and activities of the Caucus.
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Field Guide: Gender-Sensitive Parliaments

Get a blueprint for conducting a gender sensitive review with our new publication, 'CWP Gender-Sensitising Parliaments: A Seven-Step Field Guide'
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Professional Development: The CPA Parliamentary Academy

Access our online courses on parliamentary processes, with free and paid options available
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Publications: CPA Knowledge Centre

Browse our toolkits, handbooks, research reports, podcasts and more on our Knowledge Centre
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Directory: Our Branches

The CPA is formed of more than 180 Parliaments and Legislatures across the Commonwealth, known as 'Branches.' Browse our directory to find out more about each CPA Branch.
CPA Branches A to Z
About Us

About Us

Learn more about the people in our organisation, how we're governed and our history
What We Do

What We Do

Find out more about our projects, programmes, outputs and activities
Where We Work

Where We Work

Find out more about the CPA's Regions and Branches
Get Involved and Vacancies

Get Involved and Vacancies

Find out more about how you can get involved in our work

Latest News

11th Commonwealth Youth Parliament
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11th Commonwealth Youth Parliament

Young Commonwealth leaders debate the future of work at 11th Commonwealth Youth Parliament in Trinidad and Tobago

Commonwealth Parliamentarians in Africa Region discuss inclusion and accessibility for persons with disabilities
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Commonwealth Parliamentarians in Africa Region discuss inclusion and accessibility for persons with disabilities

Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities Africa Regional Conference in Tanzania

St Helena's Legislators gain new skills
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St Helena's Legislators gain new skills

CPA capacity-building programme provides training for St Helena’s elected officials and civil servants

CPA Secretary-General visits South Africa
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CPA Secretary-General visits South Africa

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Secretary-General visits Parliament of South Africa and engages with South African Provincial Legislatures

Commonwealth MPs attend second CPA Parliamentary Academy Residency in Western Cape
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Commonwealth MPs attend second CPA Parliamentary Academy Residency in Western Cape

Commonwealth Parliamentarians enhance their professional development skills at second CPA Parliamentary Academy residency programme in South Africa

CWP Africa Region hosts 'Women in Leadership and Politics' workshop
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CWP Africa Region hosts 'Women in Leadership and Politics' workshop

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians in Africa Region encourage more women in leadership roles at workshop in Tanzania

CPA News

CPA News

Read the latest news about the CPA and its activities
Events

Events

Find out about upcoming events from the CPA

Events

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2022

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2022

CPA Post-Election Seminar: Parliament of Kenya

CPA Post-Election Seminar: Parliament of Kenya

Kenya
CWP Workshop: Champions for Gender Equality

CWP Workshop: Champions for Gender Equality

Canberra, ACT, Australia

The Parliamentarian - Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments

Latest Issue:

The Parliamentarian 2022: Issue Four: Urban sustainability in the Commonwealth:

The Parliamentarian is the quarterly Journal of Commonwealth Parliaments published by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) and features articles, news and legislative reports written by Members of Parliament, parliamentary staff and international experts across the Commonwealth about a wide range of global issues.

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CPA Small Branches

Established in 1981, the network represents Commonwealth jurisdictions with populations under 500,000 and operates within the framework of the CPA. The CPA Small Branches network seeks to "empower small parliaments to overcome national and global challenges through cooperation, advocacy and the strengthening of parliamentary democracy and good governance"

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Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP)

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. 

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Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities (CPwD)

Recognising the need to increase representation of persons with disabilities in political institutions, the Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities (CPwD) network has been established to facilitate activities and programmes to champion and increase representation of persons with disabilities in Commonwealth parliaments and to work towards the mainstreaming of disability considerations in all CPA activities and programmes.

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Youth Engagement

Young people are of great importance to the future of the world. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Commonwealth where they form approximately 30% of the population - a demographic of over one billion people. As such, the CPA believes passionately in engaging with young people to ensure they are effective future leaders.

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Our latest resources

CWP Gender-Sensitising Parliaments: A Seven-Step Field Guide

This Field Guide complements the 'CWP Gender Sensitising Parliaments Guidelines', providing a blueprint for Parliaments interested in undertaking a gender sensitive review and making their institution more inclusive and representative.

Mental Health Toolkit for Commonwealth Parliaments

This toolkit provides guidance, advice and education on how to protect and promote the mental health and well-being of Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff.

Engagement, Education and Outreach Handbook for Commonwealth Parliaments

This Handbook provides guidance to Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures on how to increase public engagement and outreach, to ensure the public get a greater say in how they are governed.