SIGBI President’s October 2017 Blog

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Step up, Lead the Way

I returned from South Africa at the beginning of September so have spent much of the last month getting up to date with emails and Federation activities as well as having a rest.

I sit on the Restructuring Working Group for Soroptimist International, and have spent most weeks since the Board Meeting in Rotterdam on weekly electronic calls discussing implementation of the agreed outcomes. There is much to be done if we are to start the new Board Structure from the 1st January 2018.

September has been a month of natural disasters affecting many parts of our Federation so it was certainly good to hear that our Soroptimist sisters in the countries affected were safe. However, many others are not and their lives have been devastated by these natural disasters so we have made a series of donations to agencies working in the areas affected.

This month, I have attended the 90th celebrations of SI Croydon & District. The Club is one of the six Venture Clubs which started in 1920 and later became part of Soroptimist International. It was a lovely evening spent with Club members. My last events before Conference include celebrating 90 years of Soroptimism in Glasgow, attending a STEM conference organised by SI Richmond & Dales and the 80th birthday celebrations of SI Derby.

It’s scary and exciting that the Cardiff Conference is only a few weeks away – where has the time gone! I have recently spent the weekend with the Conference Committee walking through the detail of the conference and visiting the venue one last time before we all arrive there on the 26th October 2017. It truly is a beautiful venue, and I am really looking forward to meeting many of you there.

This month there are several significant UN Days: 11th October – International Day of the Girl Child, 16th World Food Day, 17th International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and 18th which is Anti Slavery Day. These days provide great opportunities for publicising our work, and show us why educating the girl child is so important.

The first week of October is when Clubs in the UK at the request of the UKPAC Committee are carrying out their survey to gauge public awareness of Human Trafficking and their understanding of the common signs and indicators that a person may be a victim. It is hoped that their will help shape future awareness raising campaigns, but it will also, of itself, help to raise public awareness. I hope that as many of you as possible share the link to the electronic survey.

Complete and share the UKPAC online survey re human trafficking

This is another opportunity for us as an organisation to be involved in, and recognized for our work on such a heinous crime.

I have really enjoyed writing these blogs, and I truly hope that they have been of interest to you.

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