Read more about the SISWP Club activities across our Federation that have been planned to focus on advocacy and public awareness of this important worldwide event to promote Ending Violence Against Women and Girls.
SI Bangsar, Malaysia
Over 1,900 complaints of domestic violence since Malaysia’s MCO began. (Source Bernama 8th November 2020)
What about the unrecorded cases happening on a daily basis?
Discover how together, we can Ignite the Warrior Within Us to win the war of violence against women and children.
Join us on 29th November 2020 at 2 pm in our free Webinar where Soroptimist International Club of Bangsar presents our esteemed speakers and moderator who will share how collectively as a nation, we can Stop Violence against Women & Children
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SI Karratha, Western Australia
SI Karratha will be showing the film I Am Woman (the story of the late Helen Reddy) at the Karratha International Hotel on the 29th November to acknowledge the 16 days of activism commencing on the 25th November and finishing on the 10th December International Human Rights Day.
Following the movie, they will embark on a candlelight walk to Walgu Park where our three purple chairs are situated and will hold a Silent Vigil to remember those women who have suffered due to Domestic Violence. There will be guest speakers from the Police and also the Karratha Women's Refuge.
SI Southern Districts of Adelaide, South Australia
A member of SI Southern Districts of Adelaide Club has prepared orange ribbons for members to wear as conversation starters and has distributed them with a printed summary of the reason for the 16 days campaign and the importance of SISWP involvement and advocacy for the campaign.
SI Beenleigh, South Queensland
The City of Logan will tomorrow unveil its first ‘purple bench’ – a landmark tribute to victims of domestic violence.
Purple bench seats were first installed in Nova Scotia, Canada, in 2015 to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of local woman Barb Baillie, who was murdered by her violent husband.
Since then, purple benches have appeared across America, and more recently in Australia, to honour the victims of domestic and family violence and to increase awareness of the issues faced every day by some women and children.
Logan City Council has painted and installed the city’s first purple bench in Beenleigh Town Square.
It will be unveiled by Logan City Council Division 12 Councillor Karen Murphy, in conjunction with members of Soroptimist International Beenleigh.Cr Murphy said the unveiling of the purple bench would coincide with the beginning the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism against domestic violence. “This is a small addition to Beenleigh Town Square that will send a huge and powerful message,” Cr Murphy said.
“When anyone sees this purple bench, or sits on it, I hope they take the time to remember the victims of domestic violence and to reach out and assist anyone they think may be in a vulnerable situation.”
The purple bench, and an accompanying plaque, will be unveiled in Beenleigh Town Square at 4pm on Wednesday, November 25. It will be followed by a ‘silent vigil’ walk along the nearby footpaths of City Road and George and Main Streets.
SI Helena, Western Australia
The Midland March that Matters (MMTM) is always a well attended event. The 7th Annual March was held today. Nearly 500 community members supported by the Police Pipe Band marched around the streets of Midland to take a stand against Domestic Violence. Statistics have shown the COVID-19 pandemic has had severe consequences for families. Attendees included Minister for Police, Michelle Roberts (State MP for Midland) and City of Swan Mayor, Kevin Bailey. A harrowing first-hand account was related by DV survivor Azelene Williams. We were entertained by NAIDOC Week Award winning singer, Natasha Eldridge and children from Moorditj Noongar Community College.
Members from SI Helena also attended to march and “Walk the Talk”.
SI Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Day 2 of the 16 Days Campaign. SI Ulaanbaatar club members organised a donation event at Shelter house of National Center Against Violence, Mongolia.The club members delivered warm clothes, utensils, food and toiletries to those women staying at shelter and donated some money to NCAV.The staff and those women expressed their sincere gratitude to the SI UB club members. The club members also thanked Mrs. Gantsetseg, the club member, and her friend from National Emergency Management Agency for delivering our donations to the right place at the right time. #swp16daysorangetheworld #swpinspiringwomen#swp16days #swpSTOPgenderviolence
SI Albany, Western Australia
2nd December 2020 Tree planting at Eyre Park, Middleton Beach
These trees and accompanying plaque, completes the 2018 Purple Bench concept by SI Albany and the City of Albany to honour and commemorate victims of domestic homicide in WA.
Planting trees and installing a plaque and providing extra shade in the vicinity of the bench will encourage local residents to use the space for connecting to available resources on domestic violence issues (by using the telephone contact numbers provided).
The area selected for the bench not only encourages reflection in a beautiful setting but also, the planting of these trees will assist with the City of Albany program of increasing the tree canopy across the park. This will provide a safer trail for possums traversing the Park from Mount Clarence to Lake Seppings.
Soroptimist International acknowledges the support of the City of Albany and Rio Tinto through Neighbourhood Grants 2020, and the Parks and Reserves Team of the City of Albany.
SI Nelson, New Zealand
SI Nelson had a Shoe Board on display at the Nelson Market during 16 Days of Activism. Partnering with White Ribbon Ambassadors and Nelson Women's Refuge. Each pair of shoes represents each woman and child who died in NZ in 2019 due to violence. Very interesting chats with many who stopped to view our display. Nelson's Mayor Rachel Reese and our first Nelson Women MP, Rachel Boyack-Mayer, also visited. with Joy Oakly.
SI Sigatoka, Fiji
SI Sigatoka, Fiji in support of 16 Days of Activism held talks with Fiji Police Department and Ministry of Women. Also a Stop violence WALK event was held in CBD of Sigatoka and witnessed by 100's.
SI Darkhan, Mongolia
On the 10th of December, the last day of the campaign titled “Orange the World “against the violence. SI Darkhan Soroptimists closed the campaign with the Essays of the 9th-grade girls on “Violence – by my eyes”. One thing that our girls have pointed out is that Girls should be well educated because this is a powerful TOOL to be strong to prevent and stop the violence. Educate young women and men to empower them to make informed choices.