An important date in our calendar. White Ribbon was set up by men to stop domestic violence. See their latest campaign on the White Ribbon UK site- If love hurts, it’snot love. https://static1.squarespace.com/static/5965f0e9e58c62e0520e1d7b/59b646d6b07869610d1b3be5/5bdae8cc40ec9acdd249657b/1541074872772/1.png?format=1000w
Women’s Groups from across Ipswich have come together to create a major festival to celebrate the Centenary of some women achieving the vote. Ipswich Soroptimists are delighted to be involved with the planning of this Festival. See the flyer below and put the date in your diary. You can book your place at Eventbrite
Our organisation across England carried out a Modern Day Slavery Survey among the General Public to establish how informed they were on this crime and if they had some idea of the signs that can indicate that someone is a victim. This was undertaken in conjunction with the National Statistics Office and was designed to help establish appropriate communications to the Public to increase awareness and reporting to the Police. The analysis of this data is currently being undertaken. However, a recent report from the National Audit Office states that until the government is able to establish effective oversight of the modern slavery system as a whole, it will not be able to significantly reduce the prevalence of modern slavery or show that it is achieving value for money. The Home Office has an incomplete picture of the crime, the victims and the perpetrators. Accountability
See our Ipswich Soroptimists campaign for White Ribbon, originally posted last year, but just as relevant to 2017 (excuse the date on the opening slide!). White Ribbon is an organisation set up by men to stop domestic violence against women, to change attitudes.
Here is our Pledge. Thanks to all the Suffolk organisations who have signed up to White Ribbon – an organisation started by men to stop violence against women.
We had a tombola stall at Sproughton Village Fete on 25th June to raise funds for our Regional Project ‘Neat Feet, Happy Hands’ in Kenya to help eradicate the ‘Jiggers’ parasite by providing bowls, medications, sandals to children (so that they do not miss out on schooling) and adults (so they can go to work). We raised £130, which means that we can help 260 feet! It costs just £1 per person for the treatment. Children at the fete enjoyed putting their hands into our bowl full of purple water (representing potassium permanganate solution, which is part of the treatment process). We talked to a lot of people and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at the same time. We were even told that we were the fete’s ‘social conscience’ stall. What could be better than that.
Our event held to celebrate the work of Lighthouse Women’s Aid, held at the University of Suffolk on 10th February, was a real success, thanks to the collaboration of all parties including the Students’ Union who did so much to plan and ensure that all went smoothly on the day. Many thanks to all involved. Matthew Bland, Head of Strategic Analysis for Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies told us about his quantitative study involving 36,000 police records of domestic abuse between 2009 and 2014 recorded by Suffolk Constabulary. It provided very helpful data that now assists with police training on this subject and also to predict those most at risk. However, it also suggested there was a lot that police did not know about Domestic Abuse – the soft data. Come in Emma Bond, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Arts, Business and Applied Social Science at University
In conjunction with Coastal Action Against Abuse we have mounted our facebook video – see below campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence and where to go for help as part of White Ribbon Day.
Ipswich Soroptimists are delighted that UCS Campus, Ipswich, which has been a collaboration between the universities of Essex and East Anglia since 2007, will become the University of Suffolk from 1 August. It has successfully met the criteria for becoming a University in its own right. The Independent said ‘For the first time, the university will receive direct government funding, enabling it to expand its teaching and give more young people in the region the “life-changing opportunity” of a university education’. Universities Minister Jo Johnson described how those in Suffolk have had to turn to other parts of the UK for higher education “for too long.” He said: “I’m enormously pleased UCS has demonstrated its ability to meet the needs of students and can now be called a university in its own right.” The University and Ipswich Soroptimists have been co-operating on a number of initiatives
Suffolk Refugee Support (SRS) FGM Project is a major initiative and we were really pleased they had time to present it to our Club. It was funded from the Rosa Foundation and is continuing with additional funding. A support network has been set up working with Suffolk Wellbeing as survivors get ‘flashbacks’ and need mental health support. SRS are running a Schools Programme – PSHE Lesson Plan information pack for teachers. From September schools must have a FGM safeguarding policy which OFSTED will be auditing. Members asked whether there was a role to help with the schools roll out. A poster had been designed which members are going to ask their GP practices and elsewhere to display. Hopefully we may be able to give more active support soon.