CPA Statement to all CPA Branches: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Chairperson

It is with deep regret that the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) has learnt of the sudden death of the Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee, Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka, MP, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Cameroon. Hon. Emilia Monjowa Lifaka passed away suddenly in Cameroon on Tuesday 20 April 2021. She was aged 62 years old.

Dimensions of Disabilities in Parliament: A CPwD Video Series

The CPwD network supports Parliamentarians with disabilities to be more effective in their roles and to help improve awareness of disability issues amongst all Parliamentarians and parliamentary staff.

Twists and Turns – Charting the Procedural Evolution of a Small Legislature

The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory writes about the Legislature's evolution.

CPA Executive Committee approves the postponement of the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

The CPA Executive Committee, meeting virtually from 24-26 March 2021, has approved the postponement of the 65th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) to 20 to 26 August 2022. The annual conference, which is due to be hosted by the CPA Canada Region in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, was due to be held in August 2021 later this year.

Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians support #ChoosetoChallenge on International Women’s Day 2021

Women Parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth have mobilised behind the #ChoosetoChallenge slogan to mark International Women’s Day 2021. Members of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians (CWP) network are joining the global campaign to challenge gender bias and inequality, to celebrate women’s achievements and to help create an inclusive world.

Commonwealth Parliamentary Association celebrates Commonwealth Day 2021 in its 180 Parliaments and Legislatures

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) is celebrating Commonwealth Day 2021 across the CPA’s nine Regions and over 180 Parliaments and Legislatures. The 2021 Commonwealth Day theme focuses on ‘Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’ which offers opportunities for the people, Parliaments, governments and institutions of the Commonwealth to connect and work together at many levels through far-reaching and deep-rooted networks of friendship and goodwill.

Promoting the Diversity and Recognition of Languages in the Commonwealth

The United Nations and UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day is marked annually on 21 February, and it promotes the preservation and protection of all languages used by peoples of the world. The CPA celebrated the diversity of languages in the Commonwealth amongst its 2.4 billion people and the role of language in building inclusive and democratic societies as well as preserving both our heritage and diverse cultures.

CWP Australia Chair at 2020 Reykjavik Global Forum for Women Leaders

Senator Sue Lines represented the Australian Parliament at the 2020 Reykjavík Global Forum - Women Leaders last week. This year’s edition of the forum was a unique series of online discussions over three days that provided women leaders the opportunity to connect across sectors, hemispheres and time zones. Like so many adversities, COVID-19 has disproportionately affected women, and my contribution focussed on what our governments must do to ensure women’s progress towards economic and social equality is built into our laws and processes.

CPA Tasmania and Samoa Branches cement their twinning partnership with clock unveiling in new Parliament Building