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

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More history being made! whatever happens there will be a new female Premier in Queensland next week.

Good luck to all the women running for office in Queensland this weekend!!!

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More history being made! whatever happens there will be a new female Premier in Queensland next week.

Good luck to all the women running for office in Queensland this weekend!!!

(AAP Image: Dan Peled)

download the new anti Harassment guidelines from CWP HQ!CWP News: Combatting harassment in the parliamentary environment: Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) releases its Anti-Harassment Policy Guidelines for Commonwealth Parliaments

The Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) network has launched its new Anti-Harassment Policy Guidelines to support Parliaments across the Commonwealth in the effort to both address and remove all traces of harassment across parliamentary workplaces. Drawing from a wide range of anti-harassment policies and procedures from Parliaments in the Commonwealth, these guidelines provide a detailed step-by-step approach that offers insights and case studies on what appropriate methods should be included when developing or updating their respective anti-harassment policies.

To download a copy of the ‘CWP Anti-Harassment Policy Guidelines: A Toolkit for Commonwealth Parliaments’ please visit www.cpahq.org/cpahq/cwpresources.

Shandana Gulzar Khan
Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Australia
Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians New Zealand Group
Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians
Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians - Canadian Region
Commonwealth Women Parliamentarains (CWP)
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download the new anti Harassment guidelines from CWP HQ!

FYI two women now leading the Canberra Liberals. History is being made - we also happen to be a great pair of women!!! ❤️❤️❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

FYI two women now leading the Canberra Liberals. History is being made - we also happen to be a great pair of women!!! ❤️❤️❤️

UPDATE RESULTS - 14 women elected!! seems like they went even better than last time!

This weekend the Australian Capital Territory goes to the polls... last time (2016) the result was the first female parliamentary majority in Australia's political history!

Good luck to all the women running and lets hope the result is as spectacular!

Photo: Karleen Minney
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UPDATE RESULTS - 14 women elected!! seems like they went even better than last time!

This weekend the Australian Capital Territory goes to the polls... last time (2016) the result was the first female parliamentary majority in Australias political history!

Good luck to all the women running and lets hope the result is as spectacular!

Photo: Karleen Minney
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Documents


Information for New Members

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CWP Annual Review

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CWP Newsletter 2019

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