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Programme NEWS Soroptimist International of Europe Issue No. 27, January 2012 Project of the Month Happy New Year 2012 to all our readers worldwide!!! The SI/E Programme Team wishes you all a New Year filled with This month’s winner is the SI Club happiness, adventure, and good health! With your steady support, we of Lecco, Italy, for their project: will continue to make a difference in the lives of women and girls! “Concerto Nuevo Tango.” The Programme Focus objective of this 2012 at a Glance! project is no 4: “Ensure women and 27 February – 9 March, 56th Commission on the Status of Women, New York, US girls have food security and access 12 – 17 March, 6th World Water Forum, Marseille, France to the highest attainable standard 22 – 24 March, Future African Federation Meeting, Nairobi, Kenya of health care.” 27 May, International Peace Marathon, Kigali, Rwanda 15 – 17 June, 20th Nordic Soroptimist Meeting, Lulea, Sweden The goal of this project was to 20 – 22 June, Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable commemorate the 15th anniversary Development, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil of the establishment of the AMCT 30 June – 8 July, Icelandic Soroptimist Week association, with whom the club 14 – 15 July, SI/E Governors’ Meeting, Budapest, Hungary has strong ties because the first 14 – 16 September, Dreiländertreffen, Bad Ischl, Österreich ever club president, Gabriella Zanini, was a promoter of AMCT (www.acmtlecco.org/). AMCT stands for ‘Association for the Care of the Sick in Treatment’ in Italian and was created in 1996 to respond 2012 has been declared by the United Nations as the International Year to the needs of terminally ill of Cooperatives recognizing the contribution of cooperatives to socio- patients and families in the local economic development, mainly their impact on poverty reduction, community who lacked official employment generation and social integration. With the theme “Cooperative Enterprises Build a Better World”, the UN aims to support services. Their aim is to promote the development and establishment of cooperatives across improve home care through the globe. competent and diligent attention, improving the quality of life of the We encourage Soroptimists worldwide to advance cooperatives and patients, and avoiding unnecessary raise awareness of their contribution to social and economic and often traumatic removal from development as well as encourage the creation and growth of their family environment. cooperatives, especially women’s cooperatives. For more information, please visit http://social.un.org/coopsyear/ To celebrate AMCT’s anniversary, SI of Lecco collected funds to support The designation of the doctors, nurses and volunteers who International Year of help terminally ill patients in their Sustainable Energy for All own homes. The club organized a recognizes that “access to concert for piano and violin with modern affordable energy services in developing countries is essential music by Astor Piazzola. PFR no. for the achievement of … the Millennium Development Goals and 22534 states that the financial input sustainable development.” Over the course of 2012, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s new global initiative – Sustainable Energy for All, amounted to $9290. The project will continue to partner with governments, the private sector, and civil helped contribute to the needs of society to achieve the following three goals: AMCT which helps around 32 - ensuring universal access to modern energy services communes with a population of - doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency about 150,000 people. - doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix Congratulations Club Lecco! You will find more information at www.sustainableenergyforall.org/ care for their children during these Illiteracy and disease. activities. www.icrc.org/ Funds needed: 2,800 EUR This is the official website of the Intern- Log onto www.soroptimistprojects.org ational Committee of to see the website’s redesigned new the Red Cross (ICRC). The ICRC is an look. It is easier to navitgate with Soroptimist International has impartial, neutral and independent completely revamped new buttons, launched the CSW 56 pre-session organization whose exclusively tags, search functions. Here are some advocacy tool kit. This tool kit is humanitarian mission is to protect of the changes and exciting new designed to help Soroptimists in all the lives of victims of armed conflict features: 124 countries lobby their and other situations of violence and - new logo Governments and local decision to provide them with assistance. It - a complete new section “Water and makers to ensure that all also seeks to prevent suffering by Food” to promote our Federation Government missions attending promoting and strengthening theme projects CSW 56 are aware of SI's position. humanitarian law. The ICRC is - prominently feature the club’s name headquartered in Geneva, - the donors/supporting clubs are listed To read the full news story and to Switzerland, and directs the under Resources Needed access links to the advocacy guide, international activities conducted by - quick change between currencies EUR and the letter and postcard to the organization in armed conflicts. and USD governments, visit - you can pledge support to a project http://www.soroptimistinternationa www.unhcr.org through the contact page l.org/who-we-are/news/post/251- Please continue to visit the Project advocacy-kit-for-csw-56-launched. Matching website and give us your support! It is important that as many The Office of the United Nations High Government missions as possible Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) This month, we feature the project are aware of the SI position before is the UN agency mandated to lead “PL0001 – Support for mothers of CSW 56 commences to maximize and coordinate international action profoundly impaired children.” our influence. We therefore hope to protect refugees. The agency’s key Mothers of children with physical that members will take the focus is to safeguard the rights and and/or mental disabilities often opportunity to communicate the SI well-being of refugees. UNHCR was abandon themselves to their children’s position to their Governments using established in 1950 by the UN General care. Because of the amount of these above resources. Assembly. Since then, the agency has attention, time and effort required to helped tens of millions of refugees. care for a child with disabilities, To find out the minister responsible www.unesco.org mothers are often excluded from social for gender and equality within your government, please consult UNESCO is the UN life, suffer from depression and the UN Women National agency focusing struggle to cope with everyday Mechanisms for Gender Equality on Education, problems. The aim of this project is to which lists, by country, the minister Science and support 10 mothers (often single) who responsible for gender and their Culture. have children with disabilities to cope with this situation. The SI Club of contact details: It aims to contribute to the buliding BIelsko-Biala (Poland) plans to http://www.un.org/womenwatch/da of peace, the eradication of poverty, organize group activities led by w/documents/National- sustainable development and professionals to help mothers Mechanisms-Web.pdf intercultural dialogue through understand that while caring for their education, the sciences, culture, chlidren, they also have to take care of FEATURED WEBSITES: communication and information. Visit themselves. These activities will help www.savethechildren.org their website to learn more about them to build their self-esteem and their global priorities. confidence, put them in contact with mothers in a similar situation and have www.ilo.org As an independent organization, professionals Save the Children aims to create lasting impact in the lives of children in need around the world. On this site, you can find out more about The International Labour Save the Children’s work, how you Organization is the only specialized can support the organization or agency within the UN system that has develop partnerships between your government, employer and worker The Programme Team local club and Save the Children. The representatives. Its tripartite Soroptimist International of Europe 72 rte de Florissant, organization is effective in structure is very unique and 1206 Geneva responding to disaster situations effectively provides a platform for Switzerland govnernments and employers’ and Tel : +41 22 346 08 80 and works to resolve the ongoing struggles children face on a daily workers’ organizations to have a E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org www.soroptimisteurope.org basis, such as poverty, hunger, social dialogue to foster social and economic progress.
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