I feel honoured to accept the role of President of Soroptimist International of Dundee, honoured and a bit apprehensive when I remember the calibre of the women who have been President of the club before.
My theme this year is “Women with a mission”. The Soroptimist Mission Statement is “Soroptimists inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and international partnerships.”
All members of Soroptimist International of Dundee work hard to fulfil this mission and I hope that more women will be inspired to join the club where members work together to improve the lives of women and girls. We have been involved with many excellent projects over the past year and many of these projects will continue under my presidency and new projects will be started.
One of our missions is to make Dundee the first toilet twinned city in Scotland and so far we have twinned more than 60 toilets across the city, including the Lord Provost’s loo in the City Chambers and the toilets at local MP’s offices.
Another is “Seema’s Project” which is based close to the city of Pune, in India. The main objectives to this project are to build a home for the abandoned children of trafficked sex workers, to provide funds to meet the initial running costs of the home and to rescue commercial sex workers who have been trafficked and who would like to start a new life free from exploitation and sexual violence.
Both of these projects were highlighted at the Joint Scotland South and Scotland North Soroptimist Conference in Dunfermline in April 2016. For Dundee to have two of the three projects chosen from seventeen clubs is a tremendous achievement and I am confident that the women of Soroptimist International of Dundee will continue to be a force for improving the lives of women and girls.