I was delighted to visit Ghana this week. There are over 200,000 British Citizens of Ghanaian descent living in the UK playing an important part in the UK economy, politics and cultural life. I wanted to pay my respects to the role of Ghanaian community in my constituency of Camberwell and Peckham and throughout the UK, to reaffirm the Government's commitment to play our in what we hope and expect will be a confident future for Ghana, and share the Government's commitment to strive towards fairness and equality.
I am glad that of the UKs £85m aid to Ghana a third goes to projects to support women including supporting free access to health care for pregnant women.
I was joined on my visit by Marie Staunton, the UK Director of Plan UK, DfiD director Mike Hammond, and Polly Toynbee from the Guardian. We visited a school and "credit savings with education" women's association sponsored by Plan UK in Mangoase; a family and co-operative in Obrachire; the Ghanaian Parliament in Accra where I was pleased to meet the new Minister for Women and Children, the Deputy Speaker, Attorney General, Majority Leader and Members of Parliament; and the British Council.
If you are interested in reading more about my visit then I will be producing a full report. For a copy please email [email protected] and I will ensure that I send you a copy.
Harriet meeting with women's credit savings with education co-operative in Mangoase.