16 Days of Activism – Lancaster Soroptimists Lancaster was bathed in an orange glow when at the request of Lancaster Soroptimist Club, for the evening of 25 November Williamson Memorial was lit in orange. It signalled the start of “16 days of Activism” to end violence against women now. Globally, the 25th of November is the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Men’s Violence against Women. This is the largest violence against women campaign and kicks off the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence which runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. Photo courtesy of Ian Greene. On Saturday 27th members of Lancaster Soroptimist were in Market Square distributing white ribbons to men to raise awareness of the problem of domestic abuse. They were supported by the Mayor of Lancaster and pictured here with Lancaster MP Cat Smith.
Calling all Northwest Soroptimists The first ‘real’ regional meeting in over 18 months is due to take place on Saturday 13 November 2021 in the usual venue of the Private Dining Room block at Lancaster University. Information flyer for the meeting is here. And directions in case you’ve forgotten the way are here! Please, please , please – whether you are a long-standing member or a brand newbie, do try to come along and say hello to everyone.
Regional Meeting – 12 June 2021 At the latest, virtual, gathering of clubs from Northwest England on 12 June, the main theme of the meeting was Climate Change. So to tie in with the G7 Summit taking place in Cornwall (at which climate change was due to be a significant topic) and the Climate Change Conference COP26 taking place in Glasgow in November, we were asked to give an update on any work we had done as clubs on this important topic. Well, to say that there was a wide range of activity reported would be a vast understatement! From meat-free meals, to lobbying for wildflower verges, to recycling of all sorts of items, to tree planting – and lots more in between. As well as the wide diversity, it was also striking just how much many clubs had in common as well. Videos of
Making a Difference Preston Soroptimists are celebrating International Women’s Day with a ‘Zoominar’. The theme is ‘Making a Difference’ and we have some great speakers to inspire us. These include Katherine Fletcher MP for South Ribble and Lucy Candy, manager of the local domestic refuge, both of whom make a massive difference in their own ways. It will be held on Saturday March 6 from 1.00 to 3.00pm – you know you don’t have anything in your diary so why not join us? For more information or a link to the meeting please contact Karen Rainford at firstname.lastname@example.org
The first draw of this new fundraising initiative took place at the end of January and the winners are: 1st Prize – number 38 – Susan Katz 2nd Prize – number 2 – Cath Read 3rd Prize – number 97 – Irene Hargreaves There are just a few spaces left so for an opportunity to join in take a look at the details here.