Building the Capacity of Women Parliamentarians
A key focus of CPA UK’s work is achieving representative democracies by helping women promote themselves in parliaments across the Commonwealth, and developing the skills they need to succeed in their work. CPA UK continues to develop programmes and projects to strengthen the capacity of women parliamentarians across the Commonwealth.
Our objective for this theme is to support parliamentarians to be active in implementing measures to increase gender representation and gender sensitive practices within procedure and scrutiny, and strengthen legislation to support ending violence against women and girls within their regions.
Creating spaces for women to enhance their leadership skills
Supporting parliaments to implement gender sensitive approaches
Supporting parliaments in strengthening their EVAWG legislation
Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians
CWP is the network of women Members of CPA Parliaments, and aims to:
- Build the capacity of women elected to parliament to be more effective in their roles;
- Improve the awareness and ability of parliamentarians, male and female, to include a gender perspective in all aspects of their role - legislation, oversight and representation;
- Help parliaments to become gender-sensitive institutions
CWP is governed by a Steering Committee made up of representatives from each CPA region. The International Steering Committee is chaired by Hon. Dato' Noraini Ahmad MP, Member of Parliament of Malaysia. CWP works on a regional basis, with each of the nine regions of the CPA coordinating programmes, conferences and meetings among its legislatures. CPA UK coordinates the British Islands and Mediterranean Region (BIMR).
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