International Women’s Day is a significant day for Soroptimists ordinarily, but in 2021 it not only falls in our Centenary year, but also occurs in the middle of a global pandemic. This year, perhaps more so than for generations, women are facing pressure like never before. As such, SI Rossendale decided we want to do something significant to mark the day, hence we’ve taken on 3 very different projects. One of them – the most retrospective of the three – is to look at Rossendale women from the past and present and acknowledge some of the contributions they have made, to both their local and global community. In order to do this, we teamed up with students from Accrington & Rossendale College who, along with members of SI Rossendale, each chose and researched a woman from Rossendale.
In the centenary year of the Soroptimist Movement and as part of our contribution to International Women’s Day 2021, SI Rossendale are looking to publicly recognise a woman who has made a difference to Rossendale women in 2021. That’s why SI Rossendale Launches 2021 Rossendale Woman For Women Award. Read on to find out more.
We are very sad to announce the death of our dear friend Barbara Ward, a Soroptimist for over 40 years. Barbara was a member and previous President of Soroptimist International Accrington until the club’s closure when she joined SI Rossendale.
A Christmas Message from our Club President, Alison Driver.
Have you ever wondered how SI Rossendale Supports Survivors Of Domestic Violence? 25th November is the International Day Of Elimination Of Violence Against Women. As part of our ongoing campaign to support women escaping domestic violence, SI Rossendale members have recently donated gifts to our local womens refuge. Just in time for Christmas.
Earlier in November, SI Rossendale members enjoyed a club walk through the recently restored railway tunnels from Waterfoot to Stacksteads.
In 2019, our Soroptimists sister and member of SI Rossendale, Jean Hamer, sadly passed away. Here are a few words about her life, written by her friend and fellow SI Rossendale member, Mary Ashman.
You might think that the recent Coronavirus crisis would have stopped the Soroptimists from doing what we do, but not here at SI Rossendale. In fact, we’re still fundraising despite lockdown!