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Soroptimists learn how to influence MPs

Engaging decision-makers on water and sanitation is vital to ensuring everyone, everywhere has these basics by 2030.

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11 Feb 2014

Engaging decision-makers on water and sanitation is vital to ensuring everyone, everywhere has these basics by 2030.

The second of our 'How to influence your MP' workshops helped a group of inspiring women do just that.

On Wednesday 5 February, Soroptimists from across the UK spent a day learning how to engage their MPs on water and sanitation.

Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement of business and professional women working to transform the lives of women and girls around the world. UK Soroptimists have long been supporting us and have together raised over £180,000 for WaterAid.

As well as fundraising, these dedicated supporters wanted to find out how to help us campaign for change.

Behind the scenes at Westminster

The day began at our London office, learning more about how a lack of water and sanitation affects women and girls.

The Soroptimists then met with Therese Coffey MP at Westminster, who was herself a volunteer speaker for WaterAid before she entered Parliament. There the women learned about the importance of supporter actions and discovered some top tips for getting busy MPs' attention.

Janet Garnons-Williams, Soroptimist International of the Medway Towns, said: "As Soroptimists, we are keenly aware of many of the issues surrounding water and sanitation, but that knowledge was embedded and enhanced.

"I wanted confidence to make effective approaches to parliamentarians and that came in very good measure, so the day really achieved its aims for me."

Margaret Turnbull, Soroptimist International Enfield and District, added: "I just wanted to thank you and the team for an excellent day – well organised, informative and useful."

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