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

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Women in Parliament


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Tuesday evening, Ms Lynda Voltz MP, Member for Auburn and Chair of the CWP NSW Branch, gathered a remarkable assembly of young women leaders, nominated by NSW women parliamentarians.

The event, held in the Fountain Court at the Parliament of NSW, aimed to honour the impactful contributions these young women have made in their communities, fostering inspiration, support, networking and mentorship for their continued growth. Esteemed female leaders were also present to engage with and encourage the next generation of leaders.

The Deputy Premier the Hon. Prue Car MP, the Hon. The Hon. Jacqui Munro MLC and the ACYP NSW Advocate for Children and Young People, Ms Zoe Robinson, highlighted the significance of female leadership in community improvement, emphasising the strength of traditionally feminine qualities such as openness and vulnerability in building resilience.
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It was so good to join so many men & women including many of my colleagues to stand and walk together for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls today. Thank you to the brave women who told their stories - we need to listen & learn from them! ... See MoreSee Less

What a wonderful ladies pink long lunch day at the turf club yesterday to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer along with all cancer research. A terrific event and a big congratulations to Cancer Council cEO Tanya Izord and her amazing team. ... See MoreSee Less

Beautiful venue, and top every team. Some very enthusiastic and committed athletes .
An absolute joy. Thank you to the Japan Riding Association for Disabled for your professional management and care.
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You can read my adjournment speech relating to the tragic and unacceptable murder of one woman a week on average but 5 women killed in the last 10 days by former or current intimate partners. We cannot turn a blind eye to- we all have a responsibility to prevent violence against women - please read and if you wish - share this speech to be part of the solution. ruthforrest.com.au/parliament/speeches/adjournment/1145-adjournment-speech-violence-against-women ... See MoreSee Less

You can read my adjournment speech relating to the tragic and unacceptable murder of one woman a week on average but 5 women killed in the last 10 days by former or current intimate partners. We cannot turn a blind eye to- we all have a responsibility to prevent violence against women  - please read and if you wish - share this speech to be part of the solution. https://ruthforrest.com.au/parliament/speeches/adjournment/1145-adjournment-speech-violence-against-women
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