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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Great news from Tasmania - I am so pleased to report that today I sought and gained the support of the Legislative Council, which unanimously supported, the establishment of a Joint House Committee on Gender and Equality. This Committee will facilitate deeper scrutiny of matters related to equality, including gender equality, in areas of Government administration, service delivery, policy and budgeting.
The unanimous support has clearly show the intent of the Parliament to work together to address matters of inclusion and equality. Gender equality is good for all of us. Equality is good for all of us.
This Committee will enable and promote informed debate of matters related to gender and equality to inform government decisions and policy to promote and support equality and address inequality, wherever it may occur.
The key focus of inquiring into areas where gender inequality or other examples of inequality are identified will provide information and recommendations to the Government to promote action in areas where more may need to be done to address inequality.
This Committee could inquire into the high rates of male suicide, the growing and concerning experience of single women over 50 becoming homeless, the equitable access to and experience of healthcare for members of the LGBTQI+ community, barriers to participation at State and Local Government for marginalised groups. All these areas are real and known and considering any one of these could assist government develop policy to address identified inequity and inequality. We know that poverty and disadvantage have inequality at their base.
The impact of intersectionality, that exacerbates the risk of inequality for many people, through their race, disability, gender, socio-economic circumstance or cultural diversity, just to name a few, would also be considered through the work of this Committee.
The Parliament should lead by example and this committee will directly demonstrate this leadership and promote equality both inside and outside the Parliament.
The support of the motion also requires the agreement of the House of Assembly, which I hope will occur shortly.

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Great news from Tasmania - I am so pleased to report that today I sought and gained the support of the Legislative Council, which unanimously supported, the establishment of a Joint House Committee on Gender and Equality. This Committee will facilitate deeper scrutiny of matters related to equality, including gender equality, in areas of Government administration, service delivery, policy and budgeting.
The unanimous support has clearly show the intent of the Parliament to work together to address matters of inclusion and equality. Gender equality is good for all of us. Equality is good for all of us.
This Committee will enable and promote informed debate of matters related to gender and equality to inform government decisions and policy to promote and support equality and address inequality, wherever it may occur. 
The key focus of inquiring into areas where gender inequality or other examples of inequality are identified will provide information and recommendations to the Government to promote action in areas where more may need to be done to address inequality.
This Committee could inquire into the high rates of male suicide, the growing and concerning experience of single women over 50 becoming homeless, the equitable access to and experience of healthcare for members of the LGBTQI+ community, barriers to participation at State and Local Government for marginalised groups. All these areas are real and known and considering any one of these could assist government develop policy to address identified inequity and inequality. We know that poverty and disadvantage have inequality at their base.
The impact of intersectionality, that exacerbates the risk of inequality for many people, through their race, disability, gender, socio-economic circumstance or cultural diversity, just to name a few, would also be considered through the work of this Committee.
The Parliament should lead by example and this committee will directly demonstrate this leadership and promote equality both inside and outside the Parliament.
The support of the motion also requires the agreement of the House of Assembly, which I hope will occur shortly.

(Pic credit to territoriaproject.eu)

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Looking forward to the CWP Australia Region Conference being held in Brisbane at the Queensland Parliament in July!

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