Soroptimist International of Winnipeg is having an incredible year. First, the clubs Women’s Opportunity Award applicant was chosen as the region winner. Then the club won the Governor’s award , and now they have received $5000.00 from SIA for their club project. To top all of this off, this year the club is celebrating their 70th anniversary. Yesterday (June 13th) they celebrated with a special reception at Government House.
On behalf of Western Canada Region, I would like to congratulate President Kay and the members of SI Winnipeg. I am so proud of the work you have done and what the future holds for you and the women’s lives you are about to help change. You truly do make a difference in the lives of women and girls.
I have included an excerpt of the club project below.
The Goal: “To provide a comprehensive program that encompasses and provides “Empowerment Training for Women and Girls” in the community of North Point Douglas, a particularly impoverished community in our city. Components of the project would include:
1. Parenting – using the “Nobody’s Perfect” parenting program to support moms in raising their families, empowering mothers and children in positive ways.
2. Capacity building workshops for women and girls using the “Virtues Project” and additional workshops using club members and SIA workshop models, (eg.) “Girl Power: A Girl Conference Model Program Kit.
3. Family Violence prevention workshops for women & girls using the “Play it Fair!” and “Speaking Rights” Toolkit which promotes human rights, non-discrimination and peaceful conflict resolution within non-educational programs for children and youth. Soroptimists will also provide workshops for girls on healthy dating relationships based on SIA Teen Dating Violence workshop model.
Statement of Problem: North Point Douglas is one of the most impoverished areas of our city. It is home to 2,225 residents; 34% of the North Point Douglas population is Aboriginal compared to 10% for the rest of Winnipeg. Aboriginals in our city continue to experience discrimination and racism. In North Point Douglas 83.8% of the children are raised in poverty. The average income for North Point Douglas is $18,090, just about half the median income for all of Winnipeg. Of those who rent, 46% pay more than 30% of their income on rent. There is prevailing violence and crime. Women express frustration having few options other than social assistance having low levels of education, limited employment skills and being a single parent unable to afford daycare when working for minimum wage. Children drop out of school, are enticed into gangs and teen pregnancy is a prevalent problem and deters girls from finishing school. The North Point Douglas Women’s Centre is part of a growing network of residents and groups who are a force for change. Soroptimist International of Winnipeg wants to be part of that force for positive change in the lives of women and girls in this community by developing and sponsoring (with the help of an SIA grant) The Empowerment Training Project for Women & Girls. “