***Human Rights Day Region Celebration Sat 15 Dec 2018

Members from Clubs in the Region and their guests are invited to the Soroptimist International London Chilterns Region Human Rights Day event on Saturday 15th December 10.00 -16.00 at Lancaster Hall Hotel, London.

This year marks 70 years since the signing of the United Nations declaration of Human Rights for more information see the website: www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/ One of our traditions to celebrate Human Rights Day is to light candles in recognition of the work of Soroptimists and women around the world in striving to ensure that the human rights of women and children are protected everywhere.

Joanna Swift and Pam Robertson are taking responsibility for this meeting and we have two great speakers lined up for you.

Sofia Buncy is the researcher and co-author of the first ever report into Muslim Women in British Prisons. She is regarded as a specialist in this area of criminal justice with unique insight into the particular and additional cultural challenges faced by Muslim women whilst in prison and post-prison from an institutional and community perspective. Her success in campaigning on this difficult and taboo gender equality issue was commended this year when she received the coveted Butler Trust Award for good practice in a custodial setting from patron HRH Princess Anne… We could go on, but you will need to come to the meeting to hear more! Pam met Sofia at the Study Day in Belfast, heard her speak and was delighted when Sofia said she would come and talk at our meeting.

Lynne Townley is known to Joanna. She is a barrister, currently a lecturer on the Bar Professional Training Course at City Law School, University of London. She specialises in criminal law and has been national lead advisor to the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Law Officers on a number of areas of law, including homicide, honour based violence, forced marriage and FGM. In court, she has prosecuted many cases involving domestic violence, rape and sexual offences, and other aspects of violence against women and girls. In 2018, Lynne was elected as the Chair of the Association of Women Barristers, which represents and monitors the interests of women at the English Bar… Again, there is a lot more! We are privileged to be able to welcome these women to our meeting.

As we celebrate Human Rights Day, as we say ”No” to violence against women, they tick a lot of boxes and encompass our new Federation President’s theme on mental health “Think on it” www.sigbi.org/members/clubs/think-on-it/ . During the day, we shall also have the chance to celebrate some of the great Programme work being done in our Clubs. And lastly, we thought that it would be appropriate to send a donation to our International President’s Appeal “Women, Water and Leadership”, so we shall have a ‘bucket’ collection – an opportunity for Clubs to support President Mariet’s charity if, like us, you haven’t already done so. We look forward to seeing you. For more information about the “Women Water and Leadeship” appeal and projects please see www.soroptimistinternational.org/members-area/si-presidents-appeal/

Pam Robertson and Joanna Swift

Book your place There is a very reasonable optional 2 course hot meal available plus teas/coffees throughout the day. There is no charge for the conference, just for the meal/refreshments. A booking form has been sent to Clubs and is available to download here SILCBookingFormDec2018 Bookings are needed to be in by 4th December please.