Soroptimist Enfield & District
Soroptimist International is a leading global women's voluntary organisation. It has close to 90,000 members in more than 3,000 Clubs in over 100 countries around the world and for the last 90 years has sought to raise awareness of issues facing women locally, nationally and globally.
The work of Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) has been recently recognised by the award of Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC). SI Enfield and District is your local branch and includes women from all backgrounds who are making time in busy lives to support various projects through lobbying, fundraising and awareness raising. The focus of all work undertaken is to 'educate, empower and enable women' across the world. Whilst at the same time providing friendship and social activities.
The core of all our work is Programme Action which consists of a number of projects locally, nationally and internationally. This year the projects that the club are working on are fund raising to support a Birthing in Gambia (BIG) project which provides training and equipment to ensure that women facing complications in pregnancy and childbirth can access appropriate medical help. This is being undertaken in partnership with Material and Childhealth Advocacy International (MCAI), the government of Gambia, several UN agencies and local communities.
Within our Federation (SIGBI) - Members are gathering information from a range of sources to support the Prison Reform Trust as part of their 3 year project. The project to reduce the short term imprisonment of women for minor crimes and increase the provision of centres based in the community where women convicted of a minor crime can be supported to address the issues that led them to crime.
Within our Region and club members are:
• Spearheading a regional project which is raising funds to support the training of a nurse, currently working as a career in a Respite Unit called Othandweni (place of love) in South Africa. This unit provides care to people with advanced stages of AIDS.
• Raising awareness and gathering signatures for the petition to support the Purple Teardrop Campaign to ban 'sex for sale advertising' as part of the overall Soroptimist campaign to combat violence against women and sex trafficking.
• Collecting regularly for the local food bank in Enfield.
So why join Soroptimism? In the words of some of our members:
"It is a life saver – providing an opportunity for women to help those who cannot get help in any other way."
" It provides friendship and allows us to be proactive."