Over 2018-2020, the Commonwealth Partnership for Democracy (CP4D) will work with parliaments in 18 Commonwealth Member States across Sub-Saharan Africa and South- East Asia to improve the representation of women, young people, people with disabilities and the LGBT+ community, and how they monitor actions of the executive. CP4D activities will also be implemented at the regional-level and with all Commonwealth members to help raise standards and build political commitment to democratic values. The 2012 Commonwealth Charter commits governments, political parties and civil society organisations in member states to uphold and promote democratic culture and practises that are accountable to the public. Parliaments and local governments are essential for effective, inclusive democratic governance and CP4D will contribute to making this a reality.
Only 12 Commonwealth members have more than 30% of women in political offices
50 per cent of Commonwealth members have ratified the UN Convention on the rights of Persons with disabilities, which prohibits all discrimination based on disability.
Almost 70 per cent of Commonwealth members have laws that discriminate against homosexuality
- Improve inclusion by engaging more women, young people, persons living with disabilities, religious minorities and the LGBT+ community.
- Increase accountability through more effective and transparent parliamentary practises where public funds and spending is concerned.
- Commonwealth wide activities will help raise standards and build political commitment to democratic values.
- Regional activities will facilitate knowledge exchange and generate momentum for reform.
- Country-level work will identify needs and interests of focus countries to develop and encourage concrete progress.
- Endorse updated CPA Benchmarks on Democratic Legislatures
- Produce a manual for Parliaments to conduct self-assessments against the Benchmarks
- Regional events on inclusion; women’s political participation or PACs
On 18-20 June, representatives of Commonwealth parliaments met at Wilton Park to review and update the 2006 Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Benchmarks on Democratic Legislatures. The [...]