September 19-23, a delegation from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Ghana visited Stockholm. The delegation consisted of ten politically active women from the NPP, the Foundation’s cooperation partner in Ghana, who will be running for parliament in the 2012 election.
During the visit the delegation met with a number of Swedish politicians, among them Members of Parliament Cecilia Brinck, Cecilia Widegren and Walburga Habsburg Douglas, who in addition is Chairman of the International Women’s Democrat Union (IWDU) and Board Member of the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, Sofia Arkelsten, Secretary General of the Moderate Party, Eva Solberg, Chair of the Stockholm Moderate Women, Kristoffer Tamsons, Chief of Planning at the Prime Minister’s Office, and Gunnar Oom, State Secretary to the Minister for Trade. Hedvig Anderson, head of Communication at the Moderate Party, also met with them to share her experiences from the party’s successful election campaign in 2010. Furthermore, the program included study visits to an elementary school in Solna and to several social work organizations. The New Patriotic Party is the second largest political party in Ghana and is currently in opposition. The NPP holds 107 of 230 seats in Parliament.