Epsom and District Soroptimists in Action
Raising awareness of Trafficking – especially the vulnerability of young people.
Soroptimists up and down the country remember this conference well. The event attracted 140 delegates and a long list of high-profile speakers. It was just one example of how members raise awareness about issues that affect women and girls around the world. The Purple Teardrop Campaign had been set up by fellow Soroptimists some time before our event and highlighted the needs of women trafficked around the world, but the SI Epsom conference made people aware of the vulnerability of young boys and girls in this ghastly trade. It is heartening to know that an event such as this and the commitment of others has made people so much more aware of trafficking. It has brought a change of legislation, so that traffickers are much more likely to be arrested and punished for their crimes and it has brought a greater understanding of the plight of the victims of trafficking, who are now dealt with much more empathically.
President Sally dedicated her year in office to raising funds for ‘Positive Women’, a small charity that works tirelessly to help women in Swaziland. That country is one of the poorest in Africa. This picture shows Sally and the founder of Possitive Women – Kathryn Llewelyn at our Frugal Supper in October 2012
Sally giving Kathryn a donation from the Club. We raised over £1,000.
SI Epsom Showcase
We work with many different organisations and charities and in May 2017 we invited representatives from some of them to talk about their work and share experiences. Michelle from ESDAS (East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services), DCI Clive with Sarb from True Honour, Cathy from My Time for Young Carers and Lorraine from African Vision Malawi all gave us insights into their work and expressed their gratitude for our support and encouragement.
Where in the World?
SI Epsom members do there best to raise awareness of Soroptimist International. We don’t want it to be a well kept secret! Few people realise that we belong to a worldwide organisation. Founded in 1921, Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement with a network of over 75,000 club members in 122 countries. Advocating for human rights and gender equality, at the heart of Soroptimist International’s advocacy is its work across six UN Centres, where our UN representatives ensure that the voices of women and girls are heard. Our membership work on grassroots projects that help women and girls achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in communities worldwide.
In June 2017 we set up our promotional stall at Ashtead Village Day and with our map of the world, were able to explain the extent of our membership and depth of work globally.
Knitting for a good cause
This isn’t something that is usually associated with Soroptimists, but we raise funds for My Time for Young Carers by selling our knitteds at craft fairs and events. Handmade toys and baby clothes fit beautifully with the ethos of the charity, which is to support children whose home lives are really stressful because of family illness and disability. Diana is a champion at producing toys for carers. The more contributions the better….