About our Club
Through our voluntary work we make a difference, locally, nationally and internationally. Programme Action reflects the vision and the mission of Soroptimist International. We are committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their potential, realise their aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong and peaceful communities worldwide.
Our goals are to ensure that women and girls:
- Enjoy equity and equality.
- Live in safe and healthy environments
- Have access to education
- Have leadership and practical skills.
The TORL campaign held a balloon release and press conference on Friday 24 August to launch their submission to theJoint Oireachtas Committee on Justice, at the Department of Justice and Equality, which is reviewing legislation into Prostitution in Ireland.
Margaret Murray and Catherine Giblin SI Dublin represented Soroptimist International Republic of Ireland at the press conference. The Turn Off the Red Light Campaign is an alliance of 55 organisations calling for a change in legislation which would criminalise men who purchase sex. This would follow the Swedish Model which has seen a dramatic reduction in Prostitution and Trafficking of women and children since the Swedish Government changed its laws in 1999. Every day over 1100 women and girls as young as 14yrs are for sale for sex online in Ireland.
Submissions on behalf of individuals and organisations were received by 31st August. This included a submission from Soroptimist International Republic of Ireland.
We look forward to the final report of the Joint Oireachtas Committee and call on The Minister for Justice Mr Alan Shatter to support this change in legislation for the protection of women and girls.
The Dublin club have in the past worked on the following projects:
- In April 2009, we held a Presidents Dinner at Howth Yacht Club for Pieta House, the suicide and treatment centre in Lucan and raised €7,500
- In June 2009, we participated in the womens mini marathon in aid of the National Rehab Hospital in Dun Laoghaire.
- Supporting The Rostrevor Greenore Centre in Pearse Street Dublin.In May 2009 and 2008, 35 clients of Rostrevor Greenore were taken on a day trip to The Meeting of the Waters in Avoca in Wicklow. Several members of SI Dublin went along and all had a very enjoyable day.
- The Dublin club supports The Helping Hands group in Tallaght to provide a much needed weekend away annually for Carers.
- In partnership with NGO Selfhelp, The Dublin club members funded the building of a classroom in Sirikwa primary school in Kenya.
- In 2007 Dublin members raised €5.000 for Dublin based charity To Russia With Love.
- Each year the Dublin club supports UN World Water Day ( 22nd March 2009 ), by focusing on alleviating one of the world’s primary sources of poverty; the lack of safe drinking water and sanitation facilities.
- In 2008, the Dublin club raised €9.500 for Pieta House, a centre for treatment and prevention of suicide and self-harm.We will continue to support Pieta House in 2009 and are arranging a Presidents Dinner in Howth Yacht Club on 26th April 2009.
- In November 2008, the club ran the Soroptimist Local Public Speaking Competition in The Mansion House.We had 13 participants from 4 Dublin schools.
- On 7th February 2009, Dublin hosted the Regional Final of The girls Public Speaking competition.We had 10 participants, representing schools in Dublin,Bray, Naas-Newbridge, North Kildare and Wexford.We were delighted to have our National President of SI Republic of Ireland Mrs Kay Brophy in attendance at The Mansion House, Dublin.
As members of a global organisation we are actively involved in supporting our sister members of The Federation of Great Britain and Ireland.This involves supporting a quadrennial project.
The current quadrennial Project 2007-2011 is Project Sierra. Soroptimists will work together to provide hope and homes for children living in extreme poverty in Sierra Leone.These children are neglected orphans, separated, institutionalised and abandoned, some with HIV Aids, child soldiers and street urchins. The Dublin club looks forward to adding our support to this project.
Through Programme Action Dublin Soroptimists are helping these worthy causes but we receive so much back through our friendship and service.
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