A POLITICIAN welcomed Asian visitors to Wearside to learn more about how to deal with domestic violence issues.
Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson was back at Wearside Women in Need as the All China Federation arrived in the city.
“It was an honour to welcome such a large delegation of women from across China to Sunderland,” she said.
“We are renowned in Britain for our thriving voluntary sector and our good practice around domestic violence.”
Ms Phillipson, who last month gave birth to daughter Orla, added: “Their visit was an excellent opportunity to showcase the work that goes on in the city and share experiences and ideas.”
Her mum Clare, of Wearside Women in Need, which was formed in 1981, said of the group’s visit: “It went really well and it was very interesting for us.
“We were delighted to exchange ideas with women from one of the world’s biggest economies.
“It’s fantastic that some of the visitors had come from as far away as Tibet to our city.
“They are a doing a bit of a tour of England, but they are focusing on the North East, which is why we were so privileged that they came here.
“They are all high-ranking women in China.”
Clare said the visit will strengthen Sunderland’s reputation as a city with a strong voluntary network.
She added: “They were particularly interested because they don’t really have a voluntary sector in China, which I suppose makes their situation a little more secure.
“It’s good to put Sunderland at the heart of international learning.
“People think everything new goes on in the capital, but it’s good to showcase something like this that is happening in Sunderland.”