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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.

CPwD Mission

To encourage Commonwealth Parliaments to enable effective and full participation of persons with disabilities at all levels

 

CPwD Governance and Structure

Learn more about the network and who we are

 

CPwD Regional Champions

In 2020, the network established its governing committee of nine regional champions. The CPwD Regional Champions have been chosen to represent each of the CPA’s nine Regions and will promote the rights of Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities in their Region and represent disability interests within the CPA.

 

CPwD Chairperson

Hon. Dennitah Ghati HSC MP

National Assembly of Kenya

Hon Dennitah Ghati MP

Hon. Dennitah Ghati HSC MP, from the National Assembly of Kenya, was announced as the CPwD Chairperson following the 2021 Q3 Meeting of the CPwD Regional Champions. The current term of office for the Chairperson runs from 2021 - 2024. Hon. Ghati succeeded the first CPwD Chairperson, Hon. Kevin S. Murphy MLA, Speaker of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly. 

 

Biography

Hon. Dennitah Ghati HSC MP was nominated as a Member of the National Assembly of Kenya in 2017 to represent the special interests of persons with disabilities and she is the CPA Africa Region’s current representative as a CPwD Regional Champion. Previously working as a journalist in Kenya for The East African Standard Newspaper and in New York, USA for the American Jewish World Service. She subsequently worked for the League of Kenyan Women Voters and as a program manager for UNICEF Somalia.

In the 2013 Kenyan General Election, Dennitah Ghati was elected to the National Assembly as the first female representative for Migori county, representing the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM). A year later, on in March 2014, she was involved in a serious car accident in Nairobi that sadly resulted in a spinal injury and use of a wheelchair. As a result, she founded the Dennitah Ghati Disability Foundation, a non-profit foundation that seeks to empower persons with disabilities. In July 2018, she represented the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association at the Global Disability Summit.

Previous CPwD Chairpersons

2019 - 2021

Hon. Kevin S. Murphy, MLA, Speaker of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly

 

CPwD Strategic Plan 2021 - 2024

The CPwD Strategic Plan 2021 - 2024 sets out the network's mission, outcomes, outputs and thematic priorities. 

The Strategic Plan, and a plain-text, accessible PDF version of the Plan, are available to download below. The CPA has also published a plain-text web version, designed for use with text-to-speech tools. To access this version, click here.  

If you have any issues accessing the Strategic Plan, or other CPwD publications, please contact us via the website or at hq.sec@cpahq.org

 

Download the CPwD Strategic Plan

CPwD Strategic Plan 2021 - 2024

The Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities (CPwD) Strategic Plan 2021 - 2024 sets out the network's mission statement, outcomes, outputs and thematic priorities.

Plain-Text: CPwD Strategic Plan 2021 - 2024

This is a plain-text, accessible version of the Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities (CPwD) Strategic Plan 2021 - 2024, which sets out the network's mission statement, outcomes, outputs and thematic priorities.

CPwD Programmes

Learn more about the network's projects, activities and events

 

Capital Investment Fund

In August 2020, an investment fund was established to improve the physical accessibility of parliaments such as the procurement of assistive technology, or supporting persons with disabilities to seek higher office. This fund will be available for CPA regions to apply for over the course of 2021 and beyond.

 

Disability Inclusive Communications Guidelines

The CPwD Disability Inclusive Communications Guidelines comprise two toolkits providing guidance to Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures on how to enhance and sensitise their communications with persons with disabilities. The guidelines provide various examples of best practices that can be adopted by both Parliaments and Parliamentarians in order to continue to ensure that they sensitively address Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff with disabilities.

The Guidelines include toolkits on:

  • Facilities of Inclusion
  • Linguistic Principles 

Both documents are available to download below. If your Parliament has used these resources to improve its methods of communication with persons with disabilities, please let us know by emailing hq.sec@cpahq.org

 

Resources for Members

CPwD Disability Inclusion Guidelines - Facilities of Inclusion

The CPwD Disability Inclusion Guidelines provide guidance to Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures on how to enhance and sensitize their communications with persons with disabilities.

CPwD Disability Inclusion Guidelines - Linguistic Principles

The CPwD Disability Inclusion Guidelines provide guidance to Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures on how to enhance and sensitize their communications with persons with disabilities.

Dimensions of Disabilities in Parliament

A CPwD Video Series

 

Dimensions of Disabilities in Parliament is a video series produced by the CPwD network exploring how Parliamentarians can promote inclusion, incorporate disability perspectives into their work and raise awareness of disability-related issues. 

The series features Members of Parliament and experts from across the Commonwealth discussing five topics:

  • Making Parliaments More Accessible
  • Parliamentarians with Disabilities as Legislators
  • Representation, Education and Advocacy
  • Scrutinising Public and Private Action on Legislation
  • Technology and Innovation 
Read more about the video series | Watch on YouTube

 

Meet the CPA HQ Team

Contact us if you'd like to know more about the network
James Pinnell
Deputy Head of Programmes - Multilateral Engagement
CPA Headquarters Secretariat james.pinnell@cpahq.org
Clive Barker
Programme Manager - CPwD and Youth Coordinator
CPA Headquarters Secretariat clive.barker@cpahq.org

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