Soroptimist International Ipsae

Soroptimist-International-Logo-300x159THE LEADING WOMEN’S SERVICE ORGANISATION IN THE WORLD

VISION
To be a global voice for women through awareness, advocacy and action
OBJECTIVES

  • The advancement of the status of women
  • High ethical standards
  • Human rights for all
  • Equality, development and peace through international goodwill, understanding and friendship

CORE PURPOSE
To advance human rights and the status of women

SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL HISTORY

  • First club formed in 1921 in Oakland, California
  • Today, SI has +100,000 members in over 110 countries
  • Category 1 status at United Nations Economic and Social Council, WHO and UN representatives in Geneva, New York, Rome and Vienna
  • First club founded in Mauritius in 1984 called “Ipsae” in Rose Hill
  • Ipsae Mauritius became affiliated to Soroptimist International in 1987
  • 2004 founded 2 nd club in Port Louis
  • Other clubs in the region include Madagascar , Reunion, Seychelles and South Africa

PROGRAMME ACTION

  • Our voluntary work is called “Programme Action” and is the heart of the Club
  • Based on core values of service to the community, participation in decision-making at all levels, and international goodwill and understanding
  • Programme Areas include:Economic and Social Development, Education, Environment, Health, Human Rights and Status of Women, International Goodwill and Understanding.

SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL MAURITIUS PROJECTS TO DATE 

  • Published 2 books on Women in Mauritius and Rodrigues
  • Organised 3 conferences and published papers on “The Effects of Industrialisation on the Family in Mauritius”, “Child Abuse” and “ Le Maurcianisme”.
  • Opened creches in Black River and Baie du Cap
  • Various fund-raising events to support SOS Femmes, Rodrigues, SACIM, literacy projects etc
  • Child Protection Project with Ministry of Women and Mauritius Police Force
  • Breast cancer awareness campaign and support group
  • Day Care Centre for the Elderly at Camp Levieux
  • School project on the Commercial and Sexual Exploitation of children
  • Organisation of various discussion panels: Women in Power; Women in Politics; Women in Decision Making; Women in the Media.
  • Violence in Schools

MEMBERSHIP

  • 40 members in Rose Hill and 20 members in Port Louis from all walks of life
  • Membership by invitation only- members chosen for their individual qualities and status in their field of work; must be either in a professional or management role, or qualified women just starting out in their career, taking a career break or who are no longer working.

For more information, contact Lata Ramdenee Tel 7293134 0r email [email protected] or go to  https://www.soroptimistmauritius.org