Soroptimist International Ipsae
THE LEADING WOMEN’S SERVICE ORGANISATION IN THE WORLD
To be a global voice for women through awareness, advocacy and action
- The advancement of the status of women
- High ethical standards
- Human rights for all
- Equality, development and peace through international goodwill, understanding and friendship
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
- 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
- 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.