Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan)
On Friday, November 8, super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) hit the Philippines and will most likely be the deadliest disaster to ever affect the country. Two million people in 41 provinces were affected. More than 23,000 homes have been damaged or destroyed and the death toll is expected to reach 10,000 or more. Although 800,000 people were evacuated prior to the storm, many evacuation centers could not withstand the winds and water surges. Soroptimist has established a dedicated disaster fund to collect donations to support women and girls as they seek to recover and rebuild following the disaster.
We have been in contact with Governor Minda of the Philippines region and she will update us on the status of our members in the Philippines. Our thoughts and prayers are with our Soroptimist members and all those suffering from this devastating disaster.
If you would like to donate to the Soroptimist relief efforts, please click here.
Watch SIA’s new organizational video! This graphical piece uses words and images to demonstrate our mission and vision in an inspirational and visual way. Post it on your club and region websites, share it on Facebook, and help make SIA’s new video viral!
2013 Award Recipients
Meet SIA’s 2013 award recipients! Soroptimist awarded $10,000 to three passionate, hard-working Women’s Opportunity Awards recipients: Aziza Kabibi McGill, *Hope Kagoyrie, and *Hamako Yamada. Read their inspiring stories. Violet Richardson Award recipient Norelis Mosquera Cabrera is also an inspiration. Not your typical Violet recipient, Norelis lives in poverty, yet works tirelessly to help others in need. Her story will move you! (Note: For safety reasons, Hope and Hamako are not their real names.)
Save the Date!
SIA’s 43rd biennial convention in Vancouver, BC, Canada, will be here before you know it. Visit the SIA convention page and click on a logo to make your reservations at either the Pan Pacific or Fairmont Waterfront. Deadline for reservations is June 19, 2014.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
Mark your calendars! November 25 is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence is an ongoing effort to raise awareness about this issue. Clubs can find information and resources including copy-ready hotline cards and Domestic Violence Workplace Guidelines in the program section of Soroptimist.org. Or listen to a recording of Lori Blair, SIA’s senior director of program services, as a guest on the VoiceAmerica online radio show as she discusses domestic violence as a workplace concern.