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■ Who We Are
What is Soroptimist?
Vision/Mission

Why Women & Girls?

Major Project
 
Our Club
Soroptimist International of Kagoshima
Main Projects
Other Projects



Who We Are

■What is Soroptimist?

Founded in 1921, Soroptimist is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Almost 95,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community based and international projects benefiting women and girls. The name, Soroptimist, means best for women.
Soroptimists are women at their best working to help other women to be their best.
Margaret Lobo
International President
2007-2009

■Soroptimist International of the Americas Vision and Mission

・Vision

Be the voluntary service organization chosen by all business and professional women committed to improving the lives of women and girls. We will share our time, talents and financial resources to enrich our communities. Together, we will:

* improve the lives of women and girls

* help women achieve economic and political equality

* serve as a global voice for women

* provide outstanding leadership development opportunities for women

* enhance world peace and understanding


Mission and Core Purpose

To improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.


・Core Values

Soroptimist International of the Americas is committed to:

* international goodwill and understanding

* volunteer action

* leadership development

* fellowship and diversity


・Major Project

The organization's major service project is the Women's Opportunity Awards, which assist women by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and job prospects.




■Why does the Soroptimist mission focus on improving the lives of women and girls?

Soroptimist means “best for women” and this is what the organization has tried to be since its founding in1921. Soroptimist is a volunteer organization of business and professional women who strive to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. This is the goal because women and girls need our help. Both men and women and girls and boys live in poverty, face discrimination and have to overcome obstacles. But, throughout history, in every country in the world, women and girls face additional obstacles and discrimination because of their gender. The facts are clear:


・Women:

* One in three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in their lifetime.

* The numbers of women being infected with HIV/AIDS has been rising steadily and is now at 17.5 million.

* According to a recent report, of the 600,000-800,000 people trafficked across international borders annually, 80 percent are female.

* Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours but earn only 10 percent of the world’s income, and own less than one percent of the world’s property.

* Of a total of 550 million working poor, 330 million (60 percent) are women.

* Worldwide women’s unpaid caregiving is worth up to $11 trillion annually.

* Two-thirds of the 880 million illiterate adults are women.

* Only 15 percent of parliamentary seats and 6 percent of cabinet posts are held by women.

* In sub-Saharan Africa, a woman faces a 1 in 13 chance of dying in childbirth. In Western Europe, the risk is 1 in 3,200.


・Girls:

* Of the more than 110 million children not in school, approximately 60 percent are girls.

* By age 18, girls have received an average of 4.4 years less education than boys.

* In some countries in sub-Saharan Africa, adolescent girls have HIV rates up to five times higher than adolescent boys.

* Pregnancies and childbirth-related health problems take the lives of nearly 146,000 teenage girls each year.

* An estimated 450 million adult women in developing countries are stunted, a direct result of malnutrition in early life.

* Two million girls and women are subjected to female genital mutilation every year.


・Children are also a vulnerable population. Why not focus on children instead of just girls?

It is true that children are a vulnerable population, often with little or no means to protect themselves. However girl-children face unique challenges and struggles. Gender discrimination often begins at a young age-in some cases even before birth-and continues through the life span. Girl children are devalued and discriminated against around the world.
What we do



Our Club

■Soroptimist International of Kagoshima

Soroptimist International of Kagoshima founded in 1973 is located at the southern end of Kyusyu in Japan. 50 club members work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local area and throughout the world.


Meeting : Every 3rd Friday at Shiroyama Kanko Hotel.




■Main Projects of Soroptimist International of Kagoshima   

Women's Opportunity Award(WOA)

Soroptimist International of the America's major service project. The Women's Opportunity Award program was established in 1972 to assist women with primary financial responsibility for their families to obtain the skills training and education necessary to improve their employment status and standard of living for themselves and their family. During the club year, more than US$800,000 in club, region, and federation funds were awarded to several hundred women in SIA's19 member countries and territories. The women receiving these financial awards may use them for any costs associated with their educational efforts, including tuition, books, child care, and transportation. Club recipients become eligible for additional cash awards at other levels of the organization, including three $10,000 finalist awards.

Soroptimist International of Kagoshima 
has given a Women's Opportunity Award every year.
2005 Women’s Opportunity Awards Recipient: Hiromi Haraguchi
She was awarded the WOA at club and region level and became the finalist

2006 Ms.Masumi Ota

She was awarded the WOA at club and region level.

Meet some past Women's Opportunity Awards recipients.



■Violet Richardson Award(VRA)

The Violet Richardson Award is a recognition program for young women aged 14-17 engaged in volunteer action within their communities or schools. It is given to young women whose volunteer activities make the community and world a better place. The award is in honor of the president of the first Soroptimist club, Violet Richardson, a woman of action, whose indomitable spirit and sense of personal responsibility were demonstrated by her lifelong commitment to volunteering in her community.

2006 Club Violet Richardson Award recipient : Aoi Fukushige

 


■Making A Difference For Women Award(MDWA)

Acknowledged women who, through their personal or professional activities, are working to improve the lives of women and girls. The work of these women helps to promote the issues that are important to the Soroptimist organization. Honorees are ordinary women who have worked in extraordinary ways to benefit women and girls




■Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence

In 1994, Soroptimist International of the Americas made the prevention of domestic violence an organizational focus. Each year, on November 25 (the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women), members participate in the Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence. Since 2005 Kagoshima club has made a big “Stop DV Campaign” at the Japan Railroad Central Station square.

On 25th November in 2007, in order to raise awareness of DV and Soroptimist, Kagoshima club is planning on making special hot line card with band aid in it and furnish 2000 purple umbrellas at hospitals,


Domestic violence affects the physical and mental well-being of women around the world: One in three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in her lifetime. In response to the epidemic of violence against women, Soroptimist developed the Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence, and in addition, many Soroptimist clubs support anti-domestic violence club projects and initiatives.





Kagoshima Crime Victims Support Center

In 2001, the Japanese government passed its first anti-domestic violence law, but though the Japanese government has begun to address violence against women as a concern, few social services exist to serve domestic violence victims and their families, and there are no publicly-run domestic violence shelters in the country. In response to the need for better support services for domestic violence victims and their families, a Soroptimist International of Kagoshima, Japan, established a counseling center for victims of physical battering and emotional abuse.

The Crime Victims Support Center provides vital emotional counseling, as well as legal and criminal justice support services to victims of abuse. Thus far, the center has served more than 200 women.



There is a luck of DV shelters in the local area. Soroptimist International of Kagoshima decided to help build a shelter and raised fund. Now 17 rooms are full with DV victims and their children. Club supports women and girls by providing scholarship and encourage to apply Women’s Opportunity Award.




■Scholarship

A scholarship awarded to 3 high school female students who are in hardship.




■Scholarship for 9 Chinese Girls

Commemorating club’s 25th anniversary, Kagoshima club built a school building at Changsha、China in 1998. Established scholarship for 6 elementary school and 3 junior high school female students in China in 1999 and Invited one of them and school teacher to Kagoshima from this school in 2006.





Partnership with UN-HABITAT



■Kandahar Women's Community Forum Tailoring and Hand pump Project

Through the fund donated by the Soroptimist International of Kagoshima, 24 women were trained in tailoring, and 6 women were employed as trainers. Once trained, the women hope to establish a stall at the market in the city to sell their products and create a small revolving fund to allow them to continue to earn income. In addition, hand pumps in vicinity of each Women Community Forum were installed. Each hand pump can provide safe drinking water to 200 families or 1,400 peoples.





■Youth Forum in Kagoshima & Japan Minami Region Youth Forum



■Support Foreign Students Who Study in Kagoshima



■Collaboration with Pink Ribbon Kagoshima

The pink ribbon is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness.
During Breast Cancer Awareness Month each October, club members co-operate with Pink Ribbon Kagoshima do several actions, such as, pink ribbon walk, pink ribbon tree action at the lobby of the government office, provide free screening mammogram.


 動画 pink ribbon tree action



■Fund Raising "21st. Charity Lecture " by Hisayuki Miyake, Journalist

SI of Kagoshima's fund raising annuall event was held April 8th. 2007. Some 1,000 audience enjoyed.His speech about the Japan’s current situation in the World.




Japan Minami Region Regional Supported Projects

* Women's Opportunity Award(WOA)

* Violet Richardson Award(VRA)

* Making A Difference For Women Award(MDWA)

* Women of Distinction (Honoring women of exemplary character and integrity who have demonstrated outstanding ability and leadership to improve the lives of women and girls through her professional or volunteer work. )

* Youth Forum Soroptimist Japan Federation Supported Projects




Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA)  Supported Projects

* Women's Opportunity Award(WOA) 

WOA winner Hiromi Haraguchi  After a painful divorce, Hiromi was unable to support herself and her son. She started to work as a make-up artist and decided to pursue a degree in therapy make-up. Hiromi received a Women's Opportunity Awards from SI/Kagoshima and Japan Minami Region. Since receiving a WOA, Hiromi has worked for others and thanks Soroptimists for supporting her.

The Women's Opportunity Awards have given hundreds of women the confidence, support and financial assistance needed to achieve lives of economic stability, hope and determination. Whether through divorce, death or other factors, these women are the primary caregivers and wage-earners for their families.

* Violet Richardson Award(VRA)

* Making A Difference For Women Award(MDWA)

* Soroptimist Celebrating Success ! :

Each year, hundreds of Soroptimist clubs submit entries to the Soroptimist Celebrating Success ! Award program, which recognizes innovative and effective club projects.
SI Kagoshima website was highly recognized in the region and elected one of the best three in SIA.



■Soroptimist Celebrating Success !

Each year, hundreds of Soroptimist clubs submit entries to the Soroptimist Celebrating Success ! Award program, which recognizes innovative and effective club projects. SI Kagoshima website was highly recognized in the region and elected one of the best three in SIA.




Soroptimist International (SI) Supported Projects

* Soroptimist International Quadrennial Project 2007 to 2011: Project SIerra

Our new Quadrennial Project, Project SIerra: a Family and a Future, was launched at Convention in July 2007. The project will support women caring for children in extreme poverty and provide a caring secure family home for children who are alone or at risk of abandonment.
* President's Appeal December 10 2007: Restoring dignity
A fistula is an unnatural tear or hole between two organs. Obstructed labour can cause a fistula to the birth passage, bladder and sometimes the rectum. As a result a woman leaks urine constantly. Women suffering from fistula injuries experience rejection, separation, loneliness and shame. Whist fistula injuries have largely disappeared from developed nations, the rate remains high in developing countries where many women have little or no access to medical care, are malnourished and marry at a young age. It is estimated that 8,000 women, in Ethiopia alone, suffer obstetric fistulae each year. The Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital was set up by Drs Catherine and Reg Hamlin in 1974 to address an overwhelming need. Approximately 1,400 patients are now being treated each year with a success rate of 93%. Most are able to return home within a few weeks. A number of women who cannot be completely cured and need ongoing medical care are supported in the Desta Mender Village, opened in 2002, where they also receive skills and vocational training. The Hospital relies on donations for the continuation and expansion of this vital work.

* Our Aims
・To help those women with fistulas who cannot be completely cured and need ongoing medical care.

・To encourage independence and improve the morale and self-esteem of the permanent residents of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital through the self-help rural village Desta Mender.




 
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