Houses of Parliament After a long and tiring journey to London , we went straight to the Houses of Parliament, with Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spen, who gave us an insight into what it is like to be a female MP. Everyone was a little overwhelmed by the security where we were surrounded by police reminding us that we weren’t allowed scissors, knives or pepper spray.
As it was Women’s International Day we had an opportunity to ask Jo lots of questions about women in Parliament, opportunities and barriers. Did you know there are more women in the House of Lords than in the House of Commons? We were guided by Erica, a knowledgeable person on the history of Parliament. It was very interesting to hear about the history of Westminster and the monarchies. We then went sightseeing and even got a chance to go to Platform 9 3/4 ! No, we could not control Hawa P at this point! Other places we went to see included the London Eye, Big Ben, the Jubilee Bridge and Buckingham Palace. Finally, after a long day we checked in at the hotel, taking an hour’s rest before going to dine at a buffet – all you can eat for tea.
WE Day was a fantastic part of the visit! We learnt so much about empowerment amongst the youth in a community. ‘We is always better than Me’ – Rita Ora, Labyrinth and X Factor/Britain’s Got Talent finalists attended and gave us inspiring speeches on working together to ‘do’ and not ‘watch’, to continue helping our community. Changing lives is saving lives. As one man told us how his loss of legs at the age of two did not make him feel inferior; rather it motivated him to do things like swimming and climb Kilimanjaro, this gave us the message that anything is possible if you are determined and work together. We are looking forward to getting together as a ‘WE Can Change’ team and putting our learning into action.
The WE team
Read more about WE Day here.
Thanks to Jo Cox for the tour, her website is here.