The fifth MAP workshop, titled “Democracy, Advocacy, and Engagement,” was held on 20th January 2024 at the Academy for Parliamentary & Policy Studies in London next to Whitehall, and aimed to empower recent migrants from Hong Kong with knowledge and skills to actively participate in the democratic process of the UK. Facilitated by Christopher Ng, the workshop consisted of two sessions, focusing on government and parliamentary engagement respectively.
Government engagement session
During this session, participants delved into the intricate workings of the UK government and its policymaking processes. Christopher Ng provided valuable insights into understanding the structure of governance, key decision-making bodies, and the legislative process. Emphasis was placed on the importance of active participation in the democratic process, with attendees learning strategies to advocate for their needs effectively. Discussions revolved around the various avenues available for communication with government officials and the significance of participating in public consultations. Through interactive dialogue and practical examples, participants gained a deeper understanding of their role in shaping policies that affect their lives.
Christopher Ng – “Democracy, Advocacy and Engagement (Government)”
Parliamentary engagement session
The second session focused on parliamentary engagement, providing participants with insights into how they can effectively engage with their local Members of Parliament (MPs) and navigate parliamentary processes. Christopher Ng guided attendees through the workings of the UK Parliament, including the legislative journey of bills and the role of MPs in shaping legislation. Participants learned effective communication strategies to advocate for their needs, both individually and collectively. Additionally, the session introduced participants to other avenues available for advocacy on a larger scale, such as engagement with parliamentary committees. Through engaging discussions and practical scenarios, participants gained the knowledge and confidence to actively participate in parliamentary proceedings and advocate for their rights and concerns.
Christopher Ng – “Democracy, Advocacy and Engagement (Parliament)”
The workshops aimed to equip participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to navigate the complex democratic and parliamentary systems in the UK. Through the impartial information provided, participants were empowered to make informed decisions about their participation in civic and democratic life in the UK.
The cohort consisted of recent migrants from Hong Kong, representing a diverse range of backgrounds, including social sciences, business, social work, marketing, and more.
Overall, the workshop was a valuable opportunity for participants to learn, engage, and contribute to the democratic process of the UK.