CPA UK has worked in collaboration with Glitch UK and BeSpoke Skills to deliver a series of workshops for women parliamentarians around managing online and offline abuse. The roadshows aimed to deliver a programme tailored to each local and cultural context of the Commonwealth, addressing women parliamentarians’ key concerns around online violence and its continuum with violence in the offline space. This included training on digital self-defence, digital citizenship, assertive communication, and safety responses.
The Roadshows aimed to ensure women parliamentarians are more resilient and better able to mitigate abuse, to more confidently participate in their parliamentary business online and offline in their jurisdictions.
Over this series of workshops, CPA UK trained over 100 women parliamentarians across 30 Commonwealth legislatures.
In the lead up to International Women’s Day 2022, CPA UK launched a guide for women parliamentarians on managing online and offline abuse. This guide contains many of the advanced techniques shared during the roadshows. While this updated guide cannot reduce the risk to zero, CPA UK hopes it will act as a practical resource for parliamentarians to refer to when developing approaches to managing their online communications and offline safety.
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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