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year from 2007 to 2015 they encourages us to sign a pledge
Because I am a Girl
are producing a report that calling on government leaders
Some Clubs in Britain are
looks at the different ways girls to fight for the rights of the
familiar with the work of Plan
around the world are affected by world’s most underprivileged
International through their
discrimination. girls to ensure they get a decent
sponsorship scheme. Plan is
This campaign matches well education and laws which
one of the largest child-centred
with Programme Objective protect their basic human rights.
community development
9 so members are asked to In a bid to raise awareness
organisations in the world,
support it. The campaign and money, Plan UK have
helping children and families in
includes a petition to the British has recently launched a book do all we can to enable girls
48 of the poorest countries to
government to make sure girls of stories by seven leading to receive an education. In the
break the cycle of poverty.
benefit as much as boys from authors based on the ‘Because forward to the book, Chief
As part of its work, Plan UK
the aid money they give to I am a Girl’ campaign. (ISBN Executive of Plan UK Marie
is running a campaign called
developing countries and to do 9780099535928) Staunton explains that the
‘Because I am a Girl’. This
as much as possible to make The book contains moving book was compiled to make
aims to transform the lives of
sure girls around the world and memorable stories that vulnerable girls visible in a way
the world’s poorest girls. Every
finish school. The campaign also underline the need for us to that statistics cannot.
SI OF EUROPE: Mentoring month mentoring phase with for each country. A mentee
Supporting talented young seminars and management is matched to a mentor on
women in management or training, organised by EAF. the basis of the profile and
inspiring to leadership positions The mentors also take part in preferences provided by the
is the objective of the Mentoring workshops to prepare them. applicants and on the mentee’s
Programme introduced in The Programme is advertised assessment. Personality,
Germany in 2003. In the in various media targeting proximity and similarities in
three series so far, Soroptimists younger people. Most mentees profession or expertise are crucial
from the German Union have had a university degree, and for the choice of mentor. The
counselled 45 qualified young some already had a family. The ‘chemistry’ is significant as the
women from 250 applicants – average age has been 32. English personal conversations and
with astounding results. is a prerequisite. meetings between mentee and
There have also been benefits A first selection is made from mentor are an integral part of
for Extension, as a third of the written applications. Then the experience.
the participants have become candidates are interviewed and The search for applicants for
Soroptimists. SI/E is now positions, women may be unable participate in a group exercise. the SI/E Mentoring Programme
starting a European Mentoring to find role models. Each individual is evaluated on: 2010-2011 will begin in April
Programme with Belgium, The German Union’s resolve, willingness to assume 2010 and the programme
Luxembourg and Sweden joining Mentoring Programme offers management responsibility, will extend until July 2011.
the German Union. this relationship outside the communication skills, social The expanded structure offers
In the mentoring relationship work environment. Mentors commitment and personal participants the chance to
an experienced person (the are Soroptimists with different circumstances. Although meet an even larger network of
mentor) provides advice for qualifications and backgrounds. Soroptimists, their daughters professional women and a wider
the personal and professional The concept is based on and friends have applied for the cultural perspective.
development of a young the experience of the partner programme, participants are The concept is also perfectly in
professional (the mentee). organisation, EAF (the German chosen solely on qualifications. line with SI Programme Focus
Promising managers often acronym for European Academy For the pilot project of the Objective 10: Assure women’s
acquire a mentor at work, but for Women in Politics and European Federation, the advancement in management,
with a lack of women in top Business). It combines a nine number of participants will vary politics and decision-making.
SI SOUTH WEST PACIFIC: Supporting migrants
SI Townsville, in the Region of not speak much English. SI more comfortable. A session to
North Queensland’s project is Townsville members wanted to bake a cake and practise English
‘Meeting the needs of women help them by offering a range proved very successful as did an
and girls during and after armed of skills and knowledge of the earlier shopping trip to a second-
conflict and disasters’. community. It was important hand store to buy cake tins.
The Club partnered with the for them to be able to interact The son of one Somali family
Migrant Resource Centre to with the mainstream Australians fell and broke his leg just a
contact refugee and migrant who would exercise patience, few weeks after arriving in
families who arrive in Townsville tolerance and understanding of Townsville and so he could get
on a regular basis so that they the various backgrounds and to school and both his parents
could offer support and help situations. attend English classes, members
them settle in to their new Members have also donated filled a roster to do the transport Multicultural Support Group
surroundings. numbers of household items, run to and from school. which provides ‘hands on’
The families arrive with furniture, electrical goods and It is planned to continue this support for the women and
very few possessions and can linen to make their home life project working with the children.
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