Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians

Australia Region

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) is a non-partisan network of women parliamentarians within Australia who are committed to the advancement of women in Australian politics. Each of the states, territories and the federal Parliament elect a representative to the CWP Australia Region Steering Committee.

CWP has an active presence in all Australian parliaments, and members use various methods; such as mentions in parliamentary debates, hosting forums and inter-parliamentary events, to raise awareness of the work and focus of the CWP.

Current action agenda

Ensuring that issues for women at times of disaster are addressed

Work on increasing numbers of women in parliaments and their future pathways
Advocating for assistance on safety issues, sexual harassment and bullying in parliaments

Advocating for professional training, support and counselling for members of parliament when they are dealing with traumatic and sensitive issues

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) was founded in 1989 to increase the number of female elected representatives in Parliaments and legislatures across the Commonwealth and to ensure that women’s issues are brought to the fore in parliamentary debate and legislation. The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) network provides a means of building the capacity of women elected to parliament to be more effective in their roles; improving the awareness and ability of all Parliamentarians, male and female, and encouraging them to include a gender perspective in all aspects of their role - legislation, oversight and representation and helping parliaments to become gender-sensitive institutions. This video outlines the work of the CWP.

Recent news

The present global pandemic has changed everything. We are living in difficult times and the impacts for women and girls in some places have been more negative than for men. The CWP Australia Region Steering Committee would like to highlight this widening of the gender gap and call all fellow parliamentarians to action. Below are some links to research and articles on the current situation.

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We are setting up a private page for women MPs. This will allow us to share some fantastic research and policy initiatives. Let us know if you are an Australian woman MP and are keen! ... See MoreSee Less

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Women in Parliament


Information for New Members

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CWP Annual Review

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CWP Newsletter 2019

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CPA Links

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