HIGHLIGHTS: NOVEMBER, 2018 – MAY, 2019


SI HYDERABAD: SH(OUT)

SI Hyderabad launched an initiative on Sexual harassment of women at workplaces, SH(OUT), we are listening
in association with Hyderabad police and SHE teams. Sh(out) stands for sexual harassment out.
This inaugural event was conducted at Taj Krishna, on 18th January and was graced by Sri Anjani Kumar, IPS,  the Commissioner of Police, Hyderabad City as Chief Guest & Olympian P.V. Sindhu as the Guest of Honor.
The vision of this initiative is to spread awareness across working women in all sectors on what amounts to sexual harassment and what measures are required to be taken for its prevention. This shall be done through a series of programs and other activities in the next 24 months.
This was an interactive symposium and focused on influencers and key decision makers in different sectors that employ women viz. educational institutions, corporates, hospitals, hospitality, sports, media etc.  They included CEOs / COOs / HR heads / ICC members etc.
Companies like TCS, Infosys, Cyient, Cognizant, Uber, Apollo hospitals, Kims hospitals, Mariott hotels, Novartis, Uber, L&T Metro, Ramoji Films, Osmania University, Telegu Film chambers of commerce, Accenture, Synchrony, Techlink, Apalya Technologies, Paradise Foods
participated in the event.
The second session was a panel discussion and we had eminent experts working in this field as the panellists, with Deepika ( SI Hyderabad President) as the moderator.
1) Ms Shikha Goel, IPS., Addl. Commissioner of Police Crimes & SIT, Hyderabad City in-charge of SHE Teams & Bharosa Centres Hyderabad,
2) Ms Preeti Chauhan Singh, Director of Aware Citizen Foundation and Head Women & Child Safety Initiatives at Cyber Peace Foundation
3) Ms Namrata Gill Tyagi, Vice President, Human Resources, Business HR Head & Leader for Talent, Performance, Recruitment & Rewards at Dr. Reddys Laboratories.
4) Ms Shruti Padsalgikar Joshi, founder of Working in Harmony and
External member of ICC for many MNCs.
More than 150 people attended. The event was a great success and was very widely covered by the press and media.
SI PUNE METRO EAST: WE CARE

Women undergoing chemotherapy go through emotional, physical and psychological upheaval. They are often very lonely and depressed being unable to share their trauma. Understanding this, a new project – ‘We Care’, has been initated at a Cancer Care Hospice by S.I. Pune Metro East. Through this, members are spending quality time with the women undergoing treatment, giving them a sense of self-worth and belonging. They go to the hospital and share experiences and also involve them in creative artwork. The inmates have lauded this initiative and look forward to the visits by the members.

SI BURDWAN: POCSO
Soroptimist International of Burdwan has been conducting an awareness programme on “good touch and bad touch”  regularly at the different local primary schools. In the month of December 2018, S I Burdwan arranged a seminar at Vivekananda Shishu Mandir School on the law relating to P O C S O (The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012), for the guardians of the students of the school. The students were also taught to distinguish between good touch and bad touch. The Keynote Speaker for this was the Secretary cum Aditional  District Judge  Honourable J P Singh. Members also took part in the interesting  discussion.
Alongside this ongoing project, another project of SI Burdwan which deserves to be highlighted is its Awareness Rally conducted on 1st December 2018 to mark World AIDS Day.
SI BANGALORE: INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

The 16th of March, 2019, was a great day for Soroptimist International of Bangalore.
The International Women’s Day celebration organised by the Club was a great success, and, it was well covered by media and very well received by the audience.

Dr.Tejaswini Anantkumar was the Chief Guest and Dr.Sanjay Shantaram was our Guest of honour.

It was an evening well-spent celebrating ‘womenhood’ and commemorating ‘inspiring role of women in our lives’. The celebrations included honouring of 8 outstanding Women who received Soroptimist International of Bangalore’s special recognition awards for-” Woman Inspiring Action and Transforming Lives”.

Solar lamps were distributed to eleven women- all slum dwellers .These solar lamp according to them is going to be of great help to their all-in-one room House. It is going to help their children to study during random power cuts this summer, it will be great help for the senior members of the house to find their way during the nights and of course to carry out all their house hold work.

 

 

SI MADURAI: THINK ON IT

Lack of clarity and stigma surrounding mental illness are widespread. Despite the existence of effective treatments for mental disorders, there is a belief that they are untreatable. A small step towards creating awareness on this, with SDG3 & SDG4, Soroptimist International of Madurai, addressed 200 college students, brought in the renowned speakers to cover the topics related to mental, social and physical health with the theme ‘Think On It’ on Friday March1st, 2019. Questionnaires were distributed to understand and to collect the statistic of their knowledge towards the mental illness. Certificates of participation were also distributed.

 

SI SOUTH KOLKATA: THINK ON IT

SISK celebrated a wonderful evening by hosting a play at a popular theatre venue in Kolkata. The play was titled ‘JUMP VENKAT JUMP’, and was performed by The Playmakers. The story line was in sync with this year’s SIGBI Theme ‘ThinkOnIt’. The audience got a strong message ‘not to hide mental illness.’ When compared to physical health, so little is commonly known about mental ill health and the ways to prevent it. That must change and more focus must be put on Mental Health.

 

SI PUNE METRO EAST: WORLD MENSTRUAL HYGIENE DAY

On 27th May, 2019, Soroptimist International of Pune Metro East marked World Menstrual Hygiene Day by talking to around 100 commercial Sex Workers about menstrual hygiene. Two packets of Saheli Sanitary Napkins were distributed, free of cost, to each of them.