HIGHLIGHTS: NOVEMBER, 2018 – MAY, 2019
SI HYDERABAD: SH(OUT)
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.
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.