From 23-27 January 2012, CPA UK hosted a delegation of eleven women MPs from the Parliament of Tanzania, in a programme designed to further their professional development.
The delegation met with Lynne Featherstone MP, Minister for Equalities; Stephen O’Brien MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for International Development; Rt Hon. Harriet Harman QC MP, Shadow Deputy Prime Minister; and Rushanara Ali MP, Shadow Minister for International Development. They also spent half a day shadowing women MPs in Westminster, undertaking activities such as sitting in on a meeting of the Welsh Select Committee, a Westminster Hall debate on NHS provision in the North East, and visiting Sky News.
Delegates explored the importance of the relationship between parliament and the media in a session with BBC Correspondent Mike Wooldridge OBE, former BBC Correspondent Elizabeth Blunt MBE and journalist and Director of the Royal African Society, Richard Dowden.
The visit initiated a longer-term collaboration between the Tanzanian and UK parliaments, supported by the British High Commission in Dar es Salaam in support of women parliamentarians. The next stage will be a knowledge-sharing Seminar in Tanzania, facilitated by the British High Commission, allowing the delegation to reflect and feedback to parliamentary colleagues and the feedback will be used to inform planning for future interaction.
For more information or if you would like to get involved in the continuing projects with Tanzania please contact Helen Haywood.
Programme information is available below: