International Women’s Day 2012 – Southend ~ 10th March 2012

2 March 2012 at 11:00 am

International Women’s Day in March, is now celebrated throughout the world, and we’re determined to put Essex and Southend on the map – on the bridge!

Soroptimists have worked with Women for Women International who co-ordinate ‘bridge’ events in the past, and with them, our Soroptimist message is HOPE and PEACE for the future.

Last year, at the Soroptimist regional event in Cambridge we reminded people that inspite of ten years of UN Resolution 1325, it has not acheived its aims. Every peace-keeping mission and peace talk should involve at least 40% women. Women want to build peaceful communities – not just to end the fighting.

This year, Southend Soroptimists want the people of Essex to join them to highlight the plight of the women in many places, both here and abroad, who still don’t have hope and peace – who don’t have
* health care that enables them to bring healthy children into the world
* a safe secure home in which to raise their children
* freedom from domestic abuse and violence
* education for all – that includes every girl and woman
* an equal voice in government and in peace negotiations

If you live in Essex, particularly the Southend Area and you believe that these basic human rights should be available to every woman, as well as every man, please join us.

We shall be in Royal Square, by the Royals Shopping Centre on Saturday 10th March at 11.30am

Not exactly a bridge, but we shall have a nautical view!
Spare an hour to make your voice heard!


* FACT – Out of 650 MPs at Westminster, less than a quarter are women. Will this ever change?
* FACT – A World Health Authority multi-country study found that between 15–71% of women reported experiencing physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner at some point in their lives [WHO Violence Against Women September 2011] In 2012, is this acceptable?
* FACT – Almost 75 percent of respondents to a YouGov survey – men and women equally – believe that women’s rights should not be sacrificed in efforts to secure peace in Afghanistan through negotiations with the Taliban [Women for Women International] Will their voices be listened to?
* FACT – In 2010, the UK Forced Marriage Unit provided advice or support in over 1700 cases, but we know that this does not reflect the full scale of the abuse, and many more cases are not reported. [Home Office Forced Marriage consultation December 2011] Forcing a young girl into marriage denies her an education – is this acceptable?
* FACT – Police in the UK recorded at least 2,823 so-called honour attacks last year [Iranian and Kurdish Womens Rights Organisation] Where is the honour in violence?
* FACT – Over 66 000 women in UK have been subjected to female genital mutilation [Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development (FORWARD) and the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation (IKRWO)] This practice is against UK law.

SO … After 101 years of UN International Women’s Days, women are NOT equal partners in building their lives and their futures and this must change – half the world cannot be ignored.

* FACT – If you educate a woman you educate a family; if you educate a girl you can protect a family’s future!

Join us to say
A Different World IS Possible!



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