Parliament is offering free workshops and presentations especially for women and women’s groups across the UK.
Each session can be delivered either as a one hour talk or as a two hour workshop with interactive activities.
What do the sessions cover?
- Discover Parliament: What is Parliament? What does Parliament do? Why should I be interested in Parliament? Find out at this introductory session.
- Get Heard at Parliament: Feel strongly about an issue? Want to see a law changed? Find out the best ways to get your issue onto Parliament’s agenda. Includes practical advice and tips for campaigning.
- Women and the Vote: From the earliest petitions and protests to the direct action of the Suffragettes, explore the fascinating story of how women won the vote and what happened next.
- Independent Research: Develop the skills to carry out your own independent research into Parliament.
Request a session for your organisation
To request a Women in Parliament session please fill in this form and indicate that you would like a Women in Parliament workshop.
Train the Trainer
We can also provide the training and resources for you to deliver your own sessions with women’s groups.
Contact Women in Parliament programme manager, Clare Mullin, for further information:
Positive outcomes: case studies
- Nottingham Women's Centre sent two staff members to attend our Train-the-Trainer course. They held a year of campaigning including leading a 2 day training course for local women in partnership with us and using our resources.
The women on the course and other women from Nottingham visited Parliament where they learnt more about the history of women and the vote from the parliament outreach team who also arranged a Suffragette tour of Westminster.
Using the train the trainer resources and all they had learned from their visit, Nottingham Women’s Centre felt more able to help women from across the City to understand how decisions made at Parliament affect them, and how they can try to influence those decisions.
Their year of campaigning has led to the Centre establishing a Policy and Campaigns working group and programme of activities to continue to support women to engage in democracy.
- Women’s organisations in the West Midlands including Saheli, Women of Wolverhampton (WOW) and Black Women in Politics have held Women in Parliament workshops. Saheli brought a group of women from Birmingham to visit Parliament they had a Suffragette tour and met with their MP to raise issues important to them.
- In June 2015 the Lord Speaker delivered a talk in Birmingham on women and democracy. Following this visit she invited leaders of the women's groups who she met to visit her in the House of Lords. Leaders of these groups met with other members of the House of Lords and were able to discuss issues of concern to the women that they work with.
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