SIKL were honoured to sponsor the organ recital event given by Rachel Mahon -as part of this years Lynn Festival – her playing of the famous St. Nicks Chapel organ was exquisite and was enjoyed by a crowd of @ 100 local residence and tourists. We also held a stall at the event and a display outlining the work that we do to support women and children.
We all thoroughly enjoyed our 47th Charter Lunch at Congham Hall – our guest speaker was from East Anglia Air Ambulance and was very informative.
Soroptimist International KING’S LYNN invite you to join us for a fun packed Rock & Roast evening on 26th August 2022 at the King’s Lynn Masonic Centre. Tickets are £25 each and can be obtained direct from Eventbrite by clicking on the link below https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/rock-and-roast-tickets-363574911347
SI Statement on the Situation in Afghanistan – 24 August 2021 As Afghanistan returns to an acute crisis, Soroptimist International is extremely concerned about the impacts of a return to Taliban rule on women and girls. Over recent decades significant progress has been made supporting the realisation of women’s and girls’ rights in Afghanistan to the benefit of individuals, families, communities, and the country. Many young women and girls have never lived under oppressive rule – they have been free to pursue their education, careers, and ambitions. These hard-won freedoms cannot be lost and belong to all women and girls everywhere. Soroptimist International stands in solidarity with the women and girls of Afghanistan and encourages the international community to do the same. Soroptimist International has released a statement calling for the immediate mobilisation of aid to secure these basic rights for Afghan women and girls.
On Saturday 5th March 2022 at 9.30am, members of Soroptimist International King’s Lynn planted a tree in the town to mark the Centenary of the Soroptimist movement and International Women’s Day. When Soroptimist International was founded in the United States in 1921, the first project was the planting of Giant Redwood trees, which were being destroyed through logging and timber production. Over the past year Soroptimist clubs across the world have been planting trees as a reminder of that first project In consultation with the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, a site was identified where the Soroptimists could plant our tree. A Liquidambar styraciflua was chosen for its stunning leaf colouration and size. President Julie Williams said, “Planting a tree in King’s Lynn celebrates our continued presence in the town as well as the centenary of Soroptimism. Our club continues to be
SIGBI recognises the distress of all women and girls in Ukraine. We wish to express our sympathy and our hope that the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 will be put into play by the UN. The key provisions are: · Attention and specific protection needs of women and girls in conflict · Increased participation and representation of women at all levels of decision making · Gender perspective in post conflict processes · Gender perspective and training in UN peace support operations The Women, Peace and Security agenda is anchored in the principle that effective incorporation of gender perspectives and women’s rights can have meaningful and positive impact on the lives of women, men, girls and boys, on the ground. Protection, Prevention, and Participation are critical in respecting human rights and dignity and in tackling the root causes of conflict to create sustainable peace. We urge
Love + Harmony + Human Rights Together one might say Are bringing peace within our sights And showing us the way. For what matters race, what matters creed What matters sexual orientation It’s up to us to take the lead And shield all, from exploitation For harmony and peace to thrive And war and famine flounder It’s incumbent on us all to strive To make each other prouder So lets stand with pride and unity By linking arms together To form a chain of humanity And protect human rights forever Because every human has the right To feel free and emancipated So let’s stand strong, let’s fight the fight ‘Till all are liberated! by SI King’s Lynn President Julie Williams To mark UN Human Rights Day 10th December 2021
Following a Study Day session on Modern Day Slavery in April 2021, members of our club were keen to discover more about the situation locally – historically an agricultural area with large numbers of migrant workers involved in food production and who could be at risk of exploitation. A contact with the Wisbech and Fenland Museum led to the idea of an event in partnership with them as they house the Thomas Clarkson Collection. Clarkson was one of the main architects of the anti-slavery movement in the 18th century. In partnership with Wisbech and Fenland Museum, we held an online event in September 2021. This unique event brought together organisations working to abolish modern slavery, community organisations and heritage professionals to raise awareness, share initiatives and, importantly, ask what we can do to make a difference. There were speakers from a community project assisting migrant
Despite the challenges over recent times, the club has ensured they have been seen! We are proud to be part of the Soroptimist International movement and to continue to have a presence in our beautiful town. On Monday, 21st June 2021 we celebrated 100 years of Soroptimist International locally with King’s Lynn Corn Exchange lit up in blue and yellow, the colours of the Soroptimist movement, to mark this milestone In July, our first outing post-pandemic outing saw us visiting another glorious building – St Nicholas’ Chapel. This time, the club proudly sponsored Ben Horden’s beautiful Organ Recital at the King’s Lynn Festival. Members were delighted to meet Ben at the event.
The club held its first event post pandemic in August 2021 – a lively garden party and wine tasting to raise funds for West Norfolk Young Carers. We were delighted to raise over £350 that will help with purchasing tickets to the pantomime this winter and are now looking forward to making plans for more events when we can socialise and raise funds that will support activities and organisations that we work with.