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Soroptimist International - Taunton

Soroptimist International of Taunton is part of a worldwide organisation of women, which is linked to the United Nations.

Welcome to SI Taunton

Our club was chartered on 23rd July 1938 and we celebrated our 80th anniversary in 2018.

Members of Soroptimist International Taunton are always happy to welcome visitors and potential new members to our monthly meetings and social events.  Meetings are normally held on the first Wednesday of every month but during Coronavirus restrictions, members are meeting using Zoom conferencing.

If you are interested in attending a meeting or finding out more, please get in touch by e-mailing SITaunton@outlook.com or use the form on the Contact Us page.

Recent Activity

2nd May 2021

Letter from Regional President Irene Hockin:

With so many clubs working so hard, for so many years with local Refuges, safe houses and victims and survivors of Domestic Abuse, I was delighted, as I’m sure you were, with the news of yesterday, and so thought you might appreciate a basic summary of what it means.

The Domestic Abuse Bill received Royal Assent on 29th April, and will now become law in the UK.

  • Children will now be recognised as victims of Domestic Abuse in their own right.
  • The law bans cross-examination by perpetrators in courts.
  • Non-fatal strangulation will be a stand alone offence.
  • It gives Clare’s Law (allowing victims to find out about partners’ previous offending) a statutory base.
  • It puts a duty on local authorities to fund Refuges.
  • The coersive and controlling behaviour offence is extended to post-separation abuse.
  • It creates the first Domestic Abuse Commissioner, Nicole Jacobs.

Between April 2020 and February 2021 – so during lockdown – calls to the National Domestic Abuse Helpline were up 61%.

On average, one woman is killed in the UK every four days, by a partner or ex.

N.B. News in that SIGBI has donated £1000 to the Red Cross for the crisis in India.

 

 

Press Release 17 March 2021

Many women have been strongly affected by recent events and conversations around women’s safety following the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard. The level of abuse, intimidation, fear and harassment that many women face on a daily basis has to stop. Many have been looking for ways that they can engage the government and other authorities in effective conversation.

Soroptimist International is a global organisation whose mission over the last 100 years has been to empower, educate and enable women and girls across the world. With so many looking to try and escalate the rate of change please consider joining a local club.  They are spread across the UK and are already working with local networks as well as the UN.

Soroptimists work on a local, national and international basis  – the Government’s Victims’ Commissioner is a Soroptimist – and clubs are involved in anti slavery, trafficking and FGM as well as local charities and initiatives.

Soroptimist International is currently at the UN Commission on  the Status of Women in New York.   By joining together we are stronger and more effective.   If you would like to come to a meeting to see what we do or to share an idea you have please contact us by email, facebook or twitter.

Fee Bellamy
President
Soroptimist International Taunton

SI Taunton is a member of Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI), a women’s volunteer organisation committed to helping women and children worldwide.  Since 2013 SIGBI has Category 2 Status with the UN Economic and Social Council.

As well as contributing to international projects, members of SI Taunton are active in the local community, both individually and collectively as a club.

Among the many fund-raising events we hold is the annual Taunton Swimathon which has raised over £677,000 for charities since it started in 1988.

Other projects organised by the club include a STEM initiative for Year 9 school girls called Skirting Science, an event held annually at Taunton School support for the education of a young girl in Ghana and monthly contributions to the Taunton Food Bank.

The global Soroptimist vision is to help women and children worldwide through working in partnership with other Soroptimist clubs and charitable organisations to transform their lives through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities.

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