CPA Academy
CPA Network

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 the 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 Chairperson

Hon. Laura Kanushu, Member of the Parliament of Uganda

Hon. Laura Kanushu, MP (Uganda) was elected as the CPwD Chairperson at the CPwD Regional Champions meeting held in the margins of the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Halifax, Canada in August 2022. In the same year, the CPwD Chairperson also became an Officer of the Association and a Member of the CPA Executive Committee.

Senator Paul Richards (Trinidad and Tobago) is the CPwD Vice-Chairperson and was also elected at the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference.

Biography

Hon. Laura Kanushu is a Ugandan lawyer, politician and legislator. She represents people with disabilities in the Parliament of Uganda, where she is a member of the National Resistance Movement (NRM). Her career as a human rights advocate has focused especially for people with disabilities and she is the Executive Director of Legal Action for People with Disabilities (LAPD). She is an Executive Member of the Uganda Women's Parliamentary Association (UWOPA) as the people with disabilities representative.

In the Parliament of Uganda, she is a Member of the Committee on Rules, Privileges and Discipline and she is also a Member of the Gender Labour and Social Development Committee.

Previous CPwD Chairpersons

2021 - 2022: Hon. Dennitah Ghati, HSC (Kenya)

2019 - 2021: Hon. Kevin S. Murphy (Nova Scotia)

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.

The current list of Regional Champions are as follows:

• Hon. Timothy Wanyonyi, MP (Kenya National Assembly - Africa Region)

• Ms Zill-E-Huma, MNA (Pakistan National Assembly - Asia Region)

• Liesl Tesch, AM, MP (New South Wales Legislative Assembly - Australia Region)

• Paul Maynard, MP (UK House of Commons - British Islands and Mediterranean Region)

• Dan Coulter MLA (British Columbia Legislative Assembly - Canada Region)

• Senator Paul Richards (Trinidad and Tobago Senate - Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region)

• Smt. Supriya Sule, MP (Lok Sabha - India Region)

• Hon. Viam Pillay, MP (Fiji Parliament - Pacific Region)

• Senator Hon. Ras Adiba Radzi (Dewan Negara - South East Asia Region)

 

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

CPwD Capital Investment Fund - Apply Now

The CPwD Capital Investment Fund is a reserve of funding established by the CPA Secretariat in 2021 with the aim of raising the accessibility of CPA member Parliaments.

The priorities for the Fund include, but are not limited to, improving the physical accessibility of Parliaments, procurement of assistive technology, or supporting persons with disabilities to seek higher office. 

In 2022, the Parliament of Jamaica used CPwD funding to implement several changes to the physical infrastructure of Gordon House, the Parliament building, to better accommodate wheelchair users.

Find out more

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 include toolkits on:

  • Facilities of Inclusion
  • Linguistic Principles 
Download the Guidelines

CPwD Resources

Browse CPA and Commonwealth publications

Download our resources

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.

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.

Related Videos

Use the 'Playlist' button (in-player, top right) to browse our webinars, masterclasses & more...

CPwD News

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Statement by CPwD Chairperson
News

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Statement by CPwD Chairperson

Statement by Hon. Laura Kanushu, MP, on International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2022, plus reports from Commonwealth Parliaments.

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

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

Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities Africa Regional Conference in Tanzania

New courses on climate change and accessibility launched
News

New courses on climate change and accessibility launched

New courses on climate change and accessibility for the CPA Parliamentary Academy launched ahead of 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Canada

Diversity in Parliament: Workplace Equality & Diversity Networks
News

Diversity in Parliament: Workplace Equality & Diversity Networks

New CPA publication introduces Workplace Equality & Diversity Networks (WEDNs) and provides examples of their use in Commonwealth Parliaments.

New toolkit supports mental health in parliamentary workplaces
News

New toolkit supports mental health in parliamentary workplaces

The CPA Mental Health Toolkit for Commonwealth Parliaments provides guidance, advice and education on how to protect and promote the mental health and well-being of Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff.

CPwD Chair wins disability advocacy award in Kenya
News

CPwD Chair wins disability advocacy award in Kenya

Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities Chairperson recognised with award for legislative work on disability in Kenya

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