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Partnership is becoming increasingly important for the development
of projects in all SI Federations. Here we have four examples;
if you have news of successful partnerships, email:
The Literacy programme has JP Morgan Bank totalling USD
expanded and won a second 78,500/. The grant is kept in
SI Award. JP Morgan has a separate fund and dispensed
continued its annual grant annually for the projects that
based on its confidence in the include sponsorship or running
longterm benefits of education of reading programmes, tuition
for women and girls and on the classes, English language camps,
and multi-religious, run by sustainability of the Programme. speech craft courses, educational
volunteers who are themselves This monetary and training aid visits and a literary competition.
For six years SI of Damansara
struggling for funds for basic benefits 70 women and 400 The results of this literacy
(SID) has had an ongoing
necessities. children annually. Because of programme are evidenced in
partnership with JP Morgan
JP Morgan selected SID their deprived backgrounds, the students’ improved grades.
Bank, running a Literacy
for sponsorship based on children do not perform as well Homes report an improvement
Programme for nine homes for
SID’s award-winning reading as they should academically. The in the reading habits of the
abandoned children and centres
programme at the Vocational programme bridges the gap in children. One girl said, “When
for underprivileged women and
Training Opportunity Centre their education. I have a family of my own I will
children. These are multi-ethnic
for Women in Kuala Lumpur. SID has received 6 grants from definitely have a home library.”
SI OF EUROPE: WfWP social, cultural and professional also received grants for Dynamic
The alliance between SI/E and backgrounds, WfWP sees Networking training and
Women for Water Partnership its main focus in sustainable Sustainable Leadership training.
(WfWP), has been vital for water resource management The co-operation also includes
the success of many of SI/E’s by establishing this alliance. backing for participation in
water and sanitation projects in Since October 2007 SI/E and its conferences and exchanges.
connection with the biennium Unions and Clubs have invested Recently, Martina van Koten
themes ‘Soroptimists Go for more than null1,000,000 in water represented SI/E at the Asian
Water’ and now ‘Safe Water for and sanitation projects, many of Working Conference of WfWP
a Safe Life’. which received financial backing in Sri Lanka, while Roswitha
WfWP is a network of from WfWP and its partners. Ott, SI/E Project Manager
women’s organisations in South SI/E joined WfWP in Africa, and Suba Parthiban,
America, the Caribbean, Africa, 2007. In addition to financial SI/E Programme Officer, were
Asia and Europe. In addition support, WfWP has provided invited to Suriname to learn
to building strategic alliances, grants to improve internal about projects organised by the
the network’s key concerns are and external Communication National Women’s Movement
empowerment, local ownership, Infrastructure and to support of Suriname, another WfWP
equity mainstreaming, and Capacity Development. One member organisation. with different focal points, this
grassroots development. grant was allocated to develop The partnership with WfWP alliance will no doubt continue
Based in The Hague in the and maintain the ‘Soroptimists has been a great opportunity for to offer both organisations
Netherlands, uniting one Go for Water’ website (www. SI/E. As the water theme will enormous benefits and many
million women from different SI/E extend through 2013, albeit areas for synergies.
otherwise preventable deaths and
a massive loss in public health
The SIGBI and UNICEF joint
campaign aims to seek out
There has been an increase in
new evidence to inform HIV
knowledge by 10 percentage
prevention, empower adolescents
points among females aged 15-
to identify and respond to their
24 in 17 out of 45 countries and
own vulnerabilities, ensure that
such knowledge has increased
adolescents at risk are reached by
in young men in 7 out of 12
HIV prevention, treatment, and
countries with similar trend data.
support services and make sexual
In several countries, there
violence against women and girls
have been declines of 5 or more
socially unacceptable.
percentage points in risky
Girls in sub-Saharan Africa are
behaviour such as the initiation
disproportionately vulnerable to
of sex before the age of 15, sex
HIV infection. Gender-based
barrier contraceptives or the While 45% of pregnant
with multiple partners and sex
discrimination and violence are
negotiation of safe sex with women living with HIV in low
without condoms.
significant barriers to access
partners on whom they are and middle-income countries
There is still much to be done
services and negatively impact
economically dependant leaves received antiretroviral regimens
and massive investment is
individual ability to exercise self-
women at risk of violence or to prevent transmission of the
required to reach the universal
protection choices.
abandonment. virus to their infants, compared
access goals.
In cultures where motherhood
In 2008 there were 2,000,000 with 24% in 2006 and 35%
is a feminine ideal, working
women aged 18-25 living with in 2007, loss of follow-up of
Photo: UNICEF/NYHQ2009-0349/
against it through the use of
HIV and 850,000 young men. mothers and children results in Nesbitt
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