Soroptimists speak out

Soroptimist International is holding a conference
Soroptimist International is holding a conference
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AN INTERNATIONAL association of clubs for professional and business women is encouraging people to attend an open day to see the good work it does.

Soroptimist International is holding a conference in partnership with the University of Winchester at the university’s Stripe Building on March 4 – ahead of International Women’s Day on March 8.

Conference organiser Liz Batten said: ‘Our plan is to throw a spotlight in the run-up to International Women’s Day on some of the difficult issues faced by women and girls throughout society and how their lives are transformed and supported at all levels, by authorities, charities and groups like ours.

‘There is always more to do and the day will provide everyone with an interest the opportunity to learn more, to discuss the issues and to address the challenges we can face together in the future.’

Speakers include chief inspector Claire Taylor, from Hampshire Constabulary, Jane Walker of the Purple Communities Fund, Pauline Monk from the Purple Teardrop campaign and Amanda Dukes from You Trust. There will also be a video message from Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage, who is also minister for women.

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