January 2021 and the start of a new year. We hope it will be crowned with success in every respect for everyone. Then and Now – 100 years of Soroptimism The journey began a hundred years ago, just after the First World War and the Spanish flu pandemic. Soroptimism can be hard to pin down. In the 1940s a Soroptimist said: ‘We don’t know how to define Soroptimism – but we recognise common sense when we see it.’ Perhaps the Queen Mother hit the nail on the head. At a Royal Garden Party to which Soroptimists were invited in 1960 (during the London Convention), she is believed to have said “Soroptimist is a giving thing!” 1921-1931 Soroptimist Movement Throughout the second half of the 19th century, women were increasingly active in society. This trend intensified at the start of the new century. After the First
Soroptimist International celebrates 100 years of history in 2021. As we go through the year, we will remember how our organisation came to be what it is today. Before Soroptimist International began 2021 is fast approaching. Time to think about the world just before Soroptimist International started…. Throughout the 19th century, women were increasingly prominent in society. Governments had begun to pass laws for the first time on social matters such as health. Women were especially interested in those subjects. They were also more able to continue their education – women’s colleges opened in the US and UK towards the end of the 19th century. And many women’s clubs were set up at that time. In the US, they were just about socialising at first. Soon they were also trying to bring about social change. Then as now: the 20th century saw great upheaval during
Injustice Advent Calendar An Advent Calendar with a big difference – Traidcraft’s special calendar reminds us all of those who need help – and not just at Christmas. Day 15 is about the Right to Mental Health. You can see how much you know about it and learn more by taking the quiz here. Child poverty Child poverty in parts of the United Kingdom is now so severe that the United Nations Children’s Fund -UNICEF – is coming in to help. Read more about it in this Daily Telegraph article Women’s organisations highlighting current social problems Two women’s organisations – Young Women’s Trust and the Fawcett Society – have published reports on problems affecting young women in particular. Covid-19 impact on employment of young women Young Women’s Trust and the Institute for Fiscal Studies have published statistics on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on
November 2020 news Remembrance Day BBC Asian Network marked #RemebranceDay with a look at the South Asian women who contributed during the First and Second World Wars. Author Anita Anand taled about renowned suffragette Princess Sophia Duleep Singh and how she helped injured soldiers in Brighton. #LestWeForget Local charity Walk the Walk Walk the Walk is raising money to help breast cancer sufferers. £5 buys a balloon – and 50 acupunture needles! Acupuncture can bring relief to patients in pain. The balloons will fly virtually over the Serengeti Park. There are prizes for the balloons that go highest and furthest. Women who made a difference BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour Power List 2020: See their take on seven women who made a global difference. About this and more here Woking Debates The Woking Debates meeting in early November 2020 took the theme ‘Should we all
What are Woking Soroptimists doing now? We’re reaching out to the community, learning more about our world, looking forward with hope.
Why did Woking Soroptimists gave £75 to Riding for the Disabled group (RDA) Samber in October 2020 Disabled children and adults in Woking and Chobham can usually enjoy the pleasures of riding – thanks to the Riding for the Disabled Group (RDA) SAMBER. Volunteers help them to go riding every week at Higher Park Farm in Chobham. Alas, Covid-19 has stopped them from riding for the moment. We know that disabled people have suffered more than others during lockdown. And now, even though open-air activity is possible, they still can’t go riding. This is because they need close-up support in order to be safe. So everything’s on hold. RDA SAMBER Secretary Louise Bettinson is hoping to restart the riding as soon as the pandemic allows. But now there an extra threat is hanging over RDA SAMBER. Their base in Chobham is in trouble. Louise says: