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Communication – Advocacy – Engagement

Welcome to CWP Website which has been established by the CWP Steering Committee, representing women MPs in all State and Territory legislatures.

Our mission is to increase female participation in Australian politics. We have developed this website in order to raise awareness by publishing the latest facts and performance indicators for individual legislatures.

The CWP Steering Committee believes Australian political and party behaviours and cultures need to improve if we are to achieve equitable outcomes for women in Parliament. Moreover, women who are elected to Parliament deserve to be heard on policy and governance issues, especially gendered issues such as domestic violence where our laws and programs have tragically failed too many women.

Thank you for taking an interest in these issues – we appreciate any feedback to help build this website into a major resource for all Australian women MPs, their parties and the public who are all stakeholders in this important cause.

The CWP conducts ongoing research into current figures of women in politics, with Branch Representatives providing current figures to the CWP Secretariat. 

Group photo – CWP Australian Region Conference, Adelaide, October 2019

Composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender: a quick guide 

Click here for the most recent tables showing the composition of Australian parliaments by party and gender

Current CWP Action Agenda

The CWP Steering Committee is committed to supporting Australian women parliamentarians and is currently focussing on:

  • Advocating for professional training, support, and counseling for members of parliament when they are dealing with traumatic and sensitive issues;
  • Advocating for assistance on safety issues, sexual harassment, and bullying in parliaments;  and
  • Work on future pathways for women parliamentarians. 
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