Working with local organisations
Soroptimist International is committed to end all form of violence which affects women and girls disproportionately. We believe gender-based violence to be a violation of human rights and that it affects the ability of women and girls to reach their full potential and participate in society.
Members of SI Chester work closely with Chester Women’s Aid and CSASS (Chester Sexual Abuse Support Service).
The work of Chester Women’s Aid (CWA) includes raising awareness of issues surrounding domestic abuse, monitoring the provision of services and supporting the availability of good quality accommodation for women and girls who have experienced such abuse. They also provide grants to families where statutory sources cannot assist.
One of our members acts as a link between the Club and the organisations, and all members support activities which include:
Celebrating International Women’s Day (March 8th) and White Ribbon Day (25th November) when they raise awareness of domestic abuse and promote the involvement of men and boys in condemning such abuse, organised by CWA.
Taking part in Reclaim the Night march, organised by CSASS.
Like many Soroptimists we collect bags with toiletries which we donate to our nearest Women’s Refuge on a regular basis and we attend events put on by these organsiations to support their fundraising.
In 2018 we also worked with CSASS to raise awareness of the charity and their work with a Flash Mob held in the city centre of Chester.