67th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) Workshop: ‘A Parliamentary Response to combatting gender-based violence and ensuring gender justice’

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Event Details

Dates: 20 to 22 August 2024

Location: Abuja, Nigeria

Hosted by: Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) network and the Parliament of Nigeria


  • Gender-Based Violence (GBV) can be understood as violence directed against a person or group of people because of their gender. Despite decades of concentrated effort to combat GBV, it remains one of the most serious and prevalent human rights violations in the world having no social, economic or national boundaries.
  • To challenge GBV requires addressing and changing attitudes, social norms, values and gendered stereotypes. It also requires political commitment and engagement from Parliamentarians who have the potential to act as drivers of this much needed transformation.
  • This CWP Workshop will focus on empowering both male and female Parliamentarians in developing their skills to work towards eliminating all forms of GBV with specific attention to combatting violence against women, addressing global challenges such as violence against women in politics, online or technology-facilitated violence and discriminatory laws.
  • The Workshop will also seek to give Parliamentarians the opportunity to engage with a range of experts and stakeholders, exposing them to a diverse range of knowledge, approaches and resources that are vital to combatting GBV.

Nomination & Registration 

All CPA Branches have been invited to nominate up to two Members to attend this workshop.

Please note there are a limited number of spaces available. If you are a Member of Parliament from an active CPA Branch and wish to attend this event, please contact your CPA Branch Secretary.

Click here for the nomination form. The nomination deadline for CPA Branches is: Wednesday 17 July 2024.


The CPA is committed to inclusivity and accessibility at all its events and programmes. Should you have any accessibility requirements, please contact the CPA Secretariat at hq.sec@cpahq.org.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the workshop, please contact Bénite Dibateza, CWP Co-ordinator, at benite.dibateza@cpahq.org.


Image credit: Inter-Parliamentary Union.

Related Resources

CWP Network Information Leaflet

The leaflet provides information on how the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) network is organised and the activities and programmes it provides for Members.

CWP Gender Mainstreaming Leaflet

This information sheet explains gender mainstreaming and approaches to practical application within Parliamentary institutions. 

Outcomes Report for the CWP Workshop ‘Champions for Gender Equality: Achieving Equal Participation in Commonwealth Parliaments’

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) network has published its outcomes report from the three-day CWP Workshop hosted by the Parliament of Tanzania in Dar es Salaam from 6 to 8 December 2023.

By the end of the CPA programme, participants had enhanced their understanding of how to champion the equal participation of women and gender equality in the context of their own jurisdictions. 

CWP Gender Sensitising Parliaments Guidelines: Standards and a Checklist for Parliamentary Change

These guidelines have been created to help Commonwealth Parliaments to become gender sensitive institutions, providing legislatures with an outline of gender sensitising standards that they can look to achieve.