Focus on Domestic Violence
Since 1997, Soroptimist International has designated $310,000 to the prevention
and elimination of domestic violence-a Soroptimist priority.
Soroptimist joined with the National Coalition Against Domestic
Violence to produce and distribute an informational booklet for
domestic abuse victims. Soroptimist also developed and
distributed a legislative guide outlining laws pertaining to
domestic violence in 17 countries with Soroptimist clubs. In
addition, Soroptimist International funds the award-winning Soroptimist
Workplace Campaign to Prevent Domestic Violence, an annual club
activity designed to create awareness about domestic violence,
particularly as it affects the workplace.
Trafficking: Assisting Victims and Advocating for Change The United Nations estimates that four billion people are trafficked
annually. Every year, poor and desperate women are manipulated into
migrating for a better life and end up working in the commercial sex
industry. While they are selling their bodies, criminals are making
money. This is the fastest growing transnational crime and is
estimated to generate four to seven billion dollars in profits
annually. Women are held in captivity and forced to pay off debts to
the criminals who trafficked them. These women need your help. Order
the new model program kit for information on what you club can do.
March 13th, 2011 by Cathy Standiford, Past SIA President
Sometimes it takes a personal story to help people move from
disbelief and denial into action. At this weekend’s Women of the
World Conference, actress Ashley Judd shared a personal story
about her friend’s daughter. After an argument with her parents
at the Atlanta airport, the daughter was picked up by a pimp
within one hour, and ultimately disappeared for 5 days.
Fortunately she was found–but what happened during those five days
has changed her life forever.
This is the video of Judd sharing
the story and calling for action: