These are 17 Goals with 169 Targets which were formally adopted by all Member States at the United Nations Summit, New York, in September 2015. Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) were represented, as was Soroptimist International.
A coffee morning was held recently at member Andrea’s home to raise awareness and funds for two local charities who are providing sanitary items for women. Period Poverty is an increasing problem for homeless women and for women in difficult financial situations. Many sanitary items were collected at the coffee morning and Blackburn club members Andrea and Siobhan visited Nightsafe and Humraaz to present the items and cheques.
Members of Soroptimist International Blackburn, who are also STEM Ambassadors, presented a programme to inspire and enthuse Year 7 girls at Darwen Vale High School.
The girls were asked to complete a self assessment of their characteristics and natural abilities. This self knowledge would then direct them, towards the types of careers best suited to them. The girls were encouraged to consider career paths in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. They were also asked to consider careers, previously thought of, to be only for boys.
Employability skills such as team work, communication skills, problem solving and using initiative, were tested during a construction challenge. Against the clock, the girls were asked to build the tallest tower possible, that would support a bottle of water. The successful team called themselves, ’The Winners’ and were awarded the trophy for their achievement.
Soroptimist International Blackburn’s objective was to educate, empower and enable girls from all background to aspire to careers they may not previously have considered, or known of. Mrs Townson, Head of Science at Darwen Vale HS was delighted with the reaction of the girls to this presentation and it is hope that this will become an annual event.