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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 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 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. Laura Kanushu, MP (Uganda)
  • Asia Region: Ms Zill-E-Huma, MNA (Pakistan)
  • Australia Region: Hon. Liesl Tesch, MP (New South Wales)
  • British Islands and Mediterranean Region: Hon. Paul Maynard, MP (United Kingdom)
  • Canada Region: Dan Coulter MLA (British Columbia)
  • Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic Region: Senator Hon. Paul Richards (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • India Region: Smt. Supriya Sule MP, (India)
  • Pacific Region: Hon. Viam Pillay, MP (Fiji)
  • South East Asia Region: Senator Hon. Ras Adiba Radzi (Malaysia)

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 Members 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 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. 

To find out more about the fund, contact us.

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

CPwD Resources

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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.

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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