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Kenyan women MPs visit Westminster

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Recently a group of Kenyan women MPs and Senators, members of Kewopa - the Kenyan Women’s Parliamentary Association - visited the Houses of Parliament as the guests of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK. They took part in a range of discussions and watched the Commons and the Lords at work.

In addition they followed up on the work undertaken by Meg Munn MP when, during the Easter recess, she undertook a political volunteering placement in Kenya jointly organised by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK and VSO. She spent a week working with Kewopa to find ways to implement Kenyan’s constitutional requirement that at least one third of MPs should be female.

Key aspects of the UK visit were learning how backbenchers can influence legislation and pass laws, parliamentary oversight through committees, strengthening anti-corruption policies and legislation on violence against women. There were informal opportunities to meet female MPs to learn how UK MPs work together within and across parties on issues of particular concern to women.

Meg said:

“I was pleased to welcome a group from Kewopa to Westminster. Just as I learnt a lot about the situation in Kenya I am sure that they will have learnt a great deal from their experiences in the UK.

I hope that we will be able to keep in touch to support their efforts to ensure that more women in Kenya are elected to parliament and those that are elected are effective in their role.”

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