There are many days recognised by Soroptimists all over the world as days when they join in spirit with their “sisters” and engage in activities to honour the theme of the day. Some of SI Malta’s efforts are noted below.
World Literacy Day
The club organised a forum at Mater Dei Hospital focussing on maternal and child health, female health issues such as cervical and breast cancer, and endometriosis.
Day of Service
Members attended the Inspire Razzett, a centre in Marsascala for adults and children with physical and learning disabilities, armed with paintbrushes and paint rollers to redecorate part of the building.
World Food Day
Our vice-president collected food to be donated to refugees.
International Day of Peace
A vibrant event was held at the Siege Bell in Valletta. Peace was celebrated in poetry, prose, dance, song and music including bagpipes! Candles were lit, and the finale was the release of four doves to fly free as a symbol of peace.
The most heartening thing was the presence of many young people who were exposed during the event to the notion that peace is a basic human right that all are entitled to.
It was well supported by local dignitaries including the Mayor of Valletta and the wives of senior politicians.
Human Rights Day/Violence against Women
Members spent a day at Dar Merbha Bik, a shelter for women and girls who have suffered abuse of any kind.
Members and residents cooked and shared a healthy meal, and professionals were invited to talk about positive child upbringing, self esteem and empowerment.
SI Malta provided each resident with purse-sized telephone cards showing important contact telephone numbers if they were in trouble.
The residents enjoyed the day and many expressed an interest in pursuing the issues raised in the talks. Our PAC with the help of a social worker arranged for further talks and courses to be available to them.
A lot can be achieved in a day, and the opportunity such action days afford to reach and influence the general population, not just women and girls, is important to capitalise on. SI malta recognises this and will continue to support them.