What is World Teachers’ Day 2020? Well, it celebrates great teachers worldwide. It shines a light on their massive contribution and achievements despite over-extended education systems and limited resources. They are key if we are to have any chance of achieving the UN’s SDG 4 Education – Leaving no-one behind.
Member of our Planet Sub Group Karen Whitworth has been investigating sustainable fashion – the future of fashion and its environmental impacts. She writes…I am currently undertaking a Future Learn online course entitled “Fashion’s Future and the SDGs” (United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals) as I am interested to build on my knowledge of the environmental impacts of the various processes involved in clothing production and what the fashion industry is doing to reduce, or eradicate them. A short assignment was part of my recent learning and I thought other Soroptimists may be interested in what I have found.
Being an organisation for empowering women I thought this was right up our street an International day in the Calendar for women … Women’s Health & Fitness Day – 30th September 2020. So looking to do a little research to promote this day I found myself a little disappointed, most links pointed in the direction of US based sites, and those that did link to the U.K. were linked to magazine subscriptions or pregnancy related. Perhaps that says something about internet algorithms and how they see my persona, even NHS links were very restricted to diet or again pregnancy, with a few to cancer.
Club Programme Action lead Christine Corless updates us on the activity of our thriving and incredibly productive sewing bee whose impressive output has made a real and measurable difference to the lives of girls in Africa and Nepal.
On Unesco’s International Literacy Day – 8th September 2020 – it’s time to find out! When this international awareness day popped up in SI Lichfield and District Social Media Calendar, what else could we do than turn to our very own Author in Residence… SI Lichfield and District founder member Julia Pinner, whose book – “Gyorgy. A Teenage Hungarian Freedom Fighter’s Story” by Gyorgy Nadasdy and Julia Pinner, was published in September 2016.
SI Lichfield & District member Nichola Balmer, leads the Club’s Planet sub group. She’s also a trained volunteer ambassador for the Waste Savvy Staffs project and available as an online speaker. Here she muses on cling film (as you do…)
From time to time we ask the leads of our various sub groups to write a blog piece related to the work of their group – on any aspect of their choice. Here Domestic Abuse Sub Group Lead Pauline Shields reflects on the recent work of our club in the complex arena of Domestic Abuse.
Our “socially-distanced” Summer Picnic and Prosecco is taking place on Saturday 22nd August 12-2pm at Beacon Park, Lichfield. You’d be very welcome to join us of course, but before you do, you’d better know what to do in the event of an “emergency” such as warm, flat Prosecco!!!
On Sisters Day 2020 Lichfield Club Communications Lead Nancy Archer, muses on what “sisterhood” means for us as Soroptimists.
What is Human Trafficking? As part of our Club’s contribution to 2020’s UN Day of Observance – International Day Against Trafficking in Persons – Immediate Past President Karen Whitworth offers up her take on what is a broad and very complex subject, and one which negatively impacts on our society and day to day lives much more than we might realise…