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CPA Network

Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities

  

 

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

CPwD Governance and Structure

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Structure

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:

  • CPA Africa Region: Hon. Dennitah Ghati MP, Member of the National Assembly of Kenya
  • CPA Asia Region: Hon. Zill-E-Huma, MNA Member of the National Assembly of Pakistan
  • CPA Australia Region: Hon. Gareth Ward MP, Member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly and
  • CPA British Islands and Mediterranean Region: Hon. Ann Jones MS, Deputy Presiding Officer of the
    National Assembly of Wales
  • CPA Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region: Sen. Paul Richards, Member of the Senate of Trinidad and
    Tobago
  • CPA India Region: Smt. Supriya Sule MP, Member of the Parliament of India
  • CPA Pacific Region: Hon. Viam Pillay MP, Member of the Parliament of Fiji and Assistant Minister for
    Agriculture, Waterways and Environment
  • CPA South East Asia Region: Sen. Ras Adiba Mohd Radzi, Member of the Senate of Malaysia
CPwD Chairperson

 

The Honourable Kevin S. Murphy was first elected to the Nova Scotia House of Assembly as MLA for Eastern Shore on October 8 2013 and was re-elected in 2017. Shortly thereafter on October 28, 2013 Kevin was elected the Speaker of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly.

Kevin is the first Speaker of the House to hail from the riding of the Eastern Shore, and embraces the responsibilities this role requires of him. He is the first Speaker in any Canadian jurisdiction to have a permanent long term physical disability. Kevin is a spinal cord injured quadriplegic as a result of a hockey accident in 1985.

He attended Saint Mary's University where he obtained his Bachelor of Commerce in 1992 and has remained in the community of the Eastern Shore operating several successful small businesses over the past 3 decades. Kevin has also worked for 5 years for the Canadian Paraplegic Association in Nova Scotia as a Peer Counsellor, and 7 years for the Rick Hansen Foundation as a the National Solutions Coordinator.

He is Chair of the Assembly Matters Committee. He is also a member of the House of Assembly Management Commission.

CPwD Programmes

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Capital Investment Funds

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.

Resources and Research Development

Video Series

In December 2019, the CPA Headquarters Secretariat began preparations for a 5-part video series. Advancing the understanding and involvement of persons with disabilities in parliament, the instructional videos explore, how through a parliamentarian’s role, disability perspectives are incorporated into all aspects of policy and legislation; the effective implementation of existing disability laws and policies; and the mainstreaming of disabilities across society. The first two videos in the series were released in September 2020 on the CPA Headquarters Secretariat on legislating and on representation. The remaining videos will be released in early 2021.

 

Disability Inclusive Communications Guidelines

In September 2020, the network published two new toolkits as part of its Disability Inclusive Communications Guidelines. These toolkits on ‘Facilities of Inclusion’ and ‘Linguistic Principles’ provide guidance to Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures on how to enhance and sensitise their communications with persons with disabilities. The CPA Headquarters Secretariat has conducted research amongst its membership of 180 Commonwealth Parliaments and Legislatures as well as non-governmental organisations to create these two Disability Inclusive Communications Guidelines for Parliaments. 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.

CPwD video on Legislating: The Role of Commonwealth Parliamentarians with Disabilities as Legislators. The video on legislation features New South Wales Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services, Hon. Gareth Ward, MP and Liesl Tesch, AM, MP, both of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly.

CPwD video on Representation, Education and Advocacy: How Parliaments can Advocate for Disability Rights. The video featuresDr Floyd Morris, former President of the Senate of Jamaica and leading disability rights advocate.

Related Resources

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.

CWP 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.

Meet the CPA HQ Team

Contact us if you'd like to know more about the network
James Pinnell
Programme Manager - Multilateral Programmes
CPA Headquarters Secretariat james.pinnell@cpahq.org
Clive Barker
Programmes Officer - CPwD and Youth Coordinator
CPA Headquarters Secretariat jack.hardcastle@cpahq.org

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