SIGBI President Johanna M Raffan and Regional Presient, Christine (a member of our own Newcastle club ) appeared on Tyne and Wear Television’s North East Tonight on March 30th.
Instances of domestic abuse increased during the pandemic, with helplines experiencing more traffic than ever before. Up to fifty women are thought to have died during the first lockdown at the hands of their abuser. The murder of Sarah Everard has drawn even more attention to the safety of women and girls, pushing the Reclaim the Streets movement to the forefront.
The programme recognised that ‘one of the organisations dedicated to empowering women and girls is Soroptimist International, who though have had to adapt how they operate during the pandemic have been working tirelessly throughout. And in 2021 the organisation will be celebrating it’s 100th birthday.
Though presented with new challenges, the organisation maintained it’s commitment to enhancing the community and assisting women and girls with a huge range of projects taking place of the course of the year’,
The interview will be uploaded to the sigbi website but for now it can be seen via the sigbi facebook page:
You will need to scroll down the TV page to find the Soroptimist video.