No fewer than ten of our members attended the Federation Conference in Manchester last weekend. Here we enjoyed meeting hundreds of other Soroptimists, including many old friends. Meals out, parties and a banquet with over 1,000 guests kept us socialising. We were also inspired by speakers such as Dr Ian Oliver who gave us a global view of the connections between the illegal drug trade, trafficking of women and girls , the spread of HIV/Aids and terrorism. Dr Oliver said,
“Aid to the developing world is essential to combat the effects of terrorism and the drug barons who infiltrate poor communities”.
An update on United Nations Resolution 1325 from Lesley Abdela highlighted that women are still excluded from top level peace talks in post conflict situations around the world, a matter of great concern since many of us were involved in the Campaign for the original legislation.
Sylvia Fox, a regular Conference attendee said
“Conference is a mixture of fun, serious networking, and a chance to hear excellent speakers who inspire and inform us. This year is was no exception”
It was also an opportunity to congratulate Debbie Rogers from the Bournemouth Club who completed her year in office as President of Southern England Region.