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It was wonderful to have so many soroptimists at the last National Association meeting in our 50th Anniversary Year. This meeting brought together the great work of the past year. Our guest speaker Dr Rhona Mahony, Master of National Maternity Hospital Holles St, was inspiring and so informative. As well as sharing her life story she shared with us the challenges that face women in our country today. She made it very clear the three medical reasons why she supports the repeal of the Eight Amendment. She then caught us all off our guard when she said … I hope you will all be supporting Dublin tomorrow and all going to Croke Park… she was referring to the Ladies Football All Ireland and shame on us we immediately though of the Men’s All Ireland!. Rhona was thrilled to be presented with our new Soroptimists Republic of Ireland Pin.
We were delighted to have Mr David Gilbride, Anti-Human Trafficking Unit, Department of Justice speak at this meeting. Trafficking is a worldwide phenomenon. Victims are trafficked into a range of hazardous labour, including farm work, domestic servitude, and forced prostitution and subjected to sexual abuse and other forms of violence. Mr Gilbride thanked us and assured us of the support of his unit with our survey to gauge public awareness on human trafficking here in Ireland. In the week of the 18th October, Anti-Trafficking Day, we will carry out this survey which will also be done by our fellow soroptimists in Northern Ireland.
Having taken your feedback from my many club visits, I am confident that the set of actions that we have agreed will unite us across our clubs in the work that we do, will grow our membership and retain our members. Teams will be formed for the delivery of these actions which will include you the members and members of the Executive. You will hear about this plan at your upcoming club meetings.
Wonderful Soroptimist lunch in Bray today. Minister for Justice and Minister for Health joined us for this event. Minister for Justice spoke about equality and the work we still need to do In our country. Soroptimist National President Sarah reminded us about The International day for the girl and the power of Michelle Obama's speech this week where she said successful men do not put down women.
Some Images from the Joint North South / Conference held in Mullingar, May 2016
President Sarah's report on the North / South Conference:
Thursday 19th May, the final preparation day for that long awaited 50th Annual North South Conference had arrived.
Sitting at my breakfast table I pondered over the list of jobs to do, scolding myself for not having some of them already done, checking my e-mail, reading the last of the reports for the AGM while taking phone calls and answering e-mails to Soroptimists who are hoping that we can still find place for them at the conference.
For so long we in SI Mullingar wondered who will come, how many will come, will enough come to make it a success – and now the worry is how can we accommodate everyone, are the registrations right as the numbers are getting higher and higher. Soroptimists words still ring in my ears “Sarah the Delegates List has to be finalised now, it has to go to print… we have 38 clubs represented”.
National Project 2015 – 2017 “Women Sharing Learning”
There are two specific areas:
Develop networks within the community for all cultures including our own.
Empower and enable members to use technology to a greater extent.
President Alice Chapman, SI Northern Ireland attending the National Association meeting in Dublin on Saturday April 9th together with President Sarah McCormack. It was a pleasure meeting you President Alice.
President Ann - we certainly can say you showed us what real courage is - you were never afraid to do or say what you believed to be right for our wonderful organisation - you made dreams come true - every happiness to you.
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