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A much-loved session of the annual SIGBI Conferences really does showcase the Best of the Best. There were six winners, each representing a different category and we won the Advocacy one. All winners gave a presentation of their winning Project, and received their Certificates from Programme Director Kay Richmond. Advocacy SI Newcastle-upon-Tyne for their survey “Specialist Domestic Violence Courts – how special are they? How many women suffer unfair treatment in the Special Domestic Violence courts? We ask the question, ’How special are they?” How long can we continue to allow unfairness? Dame Vera Baird, along with the Soroptimist Clubs in Northern England instigated action to change this by observing procedures and behaviours in the law courts. This was undertaken by volunteer court observers, mainly from the North of England Soroptimists and trained by CPS and the Courts Service, observed 223 cases over a 5
Dame Vera Baird appointed as Victims’ Commissioner Congratulations to Dame Vera Baird, a Soroptimist in Newcastle upon Tyne, who has been appointed the new Victims’ Commissioner. She took over the role from Baroness Newlove in mid-June 2019. We wish her every success in her new appointment. v
Soroptimist International of Newcastle upon Tyne Stand up for Women against trafficking and modern day slavery. Traffickers say openly that their trade is more lucrative than drugs or arms sales because people can be sold and resold time and again. During our 16 days of activism against violence against women Soroptimists in Newcastle upon Tyne shine a spotlight on this barbaric and pernicious trade. Some 800,000 women and children are trafficked across borders annually, many of them for sexual exploitation, as sex workers, sex slaves or for pornography In 2016 it was estimated that 28 million women were in slavery worldwide, including forced labour, enforced prostitution or forced marriage. Women and girls account for 99% of victims in the commercial sex industry, and 58% of other sectors of forced labour. Working for poor or no wages, kept as domestic or sex slaves, fearful to speak
At our last meeting before Christmas, Newcastle Soroptimists assembled the gift bags for Under the Bridge and the gift boxes for the the Hub which supports trafficked women #ask me whyiamasoroptimist#stopthetraffik @sigbi1
Tuesday October 23rd was our last meeting at Jesmond Library as from November 12th we will be meeting at TDR, Q1, Quorum Business Park, NE12 8EX. Our speakers this evening were Laura and Rochelle from the West End Women and Girls’ Centre in Elswick. They spoke eloquently and at length on how they became involved with the work the centre does and how they recruit and train other young people to become Domestic Violence Champions (D.V.Cs). They are funded by the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner amongst other organisations. The West End Women and Girls Centre is a registered charity which has been working with women and girls in the West End of Newcastle since 1981. The Centre provides support through group work where the members have the opportunity to meet, have fun, learn skills, look at issues relevant their lives and generally
WMHD in the Metrocentre was a great success , SI Newcastle upon Tyne were supported by WI Washington doing crafts, The Body Shop giving hand massages, Intu Metrocentre entertaining children with balloon shaping. We helped raise awareness of Soroptimists as well as mental health issues Pam from SI South Shields was supporting SI Newcastle Soroptimists at the World Mental Heath Day event in the Intu Metro Centre. It was a very successful and well attended event.
On World Mental Health Day, October 10th, 9am to 6pm, Soroptimist International Newcastle upon Tyne are raising awareness of the support available to promote positive mental health and well-being. Venue: INTU Metrocentre NE11 9YG TOWN SQUARE….OUTSIDE HOUSE OF FRASER Other supporters: Intu Metro Centre providing Kiosk, sofas, chairs and tables. WI Washington doing crafts WI Washington ukulele players x 5 12.30-1.30pm WI South Shields doing parchment work making cards CKA providing signs Booklets and leaflets will be available from Mind Independent Age Age UK. On the same day Intu Metro Centre are doing ‘Chatty Chairs’ encouraging people to talk to each other. This will complement the work being undertaken by soroptimists and other supporters.
Soroptimist International Newcastle upon Tyne Our President, Chris Jones and SI Newcastle upon Tyne are celebrating Soroptimism and 100 years of women’s access into the professions with a celebratory lunch. This follows on from our festivities last year marking 100 years of suffrage – and we would really love you to join us. On Saturday 16 November, our celebrations will take us to the Banqueting Suite at the International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne for a three course meal, and our guest speakers will share with us their reflections on their experiences of joining the professions. Enjoy good food and good company with us celebrating “100 Years of Women’s Access into the Professions”. Join us on this special afternoon for only £25.00 per person. The menu and form are attached – we would love to see you, your partner and guests at the event.
leaflet re Kabita Khadka are at Tynemouth Station Market 2nd June 2019 from 9am to 3.45pm We are selling toiletries, pottery, bric-a- brac etc. All proceeds will be going to support ta girl’s education in Nepal. Kabita has 9 sisters and 2 brothers. Your support is most valuable to enable Kabita to continue her education. She lives with her parents. They are farmer with very limited farming land so they work as labourers on other farms as well. However, because of the seasonal farming system in Nepal, they only able to work in the farming season only and most of the days they have no work. While her parents work outside (on the farm), she has to work in the home: cleaning, sweeping, cooking and looking after her brother. She is hoping to train as a teacher once she finishes her