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Thursday, March 31, 2011

International Women and Girls Benefit from SIFC Service

In celebration of International Women’s Day, and to help women and girls around the world, Soroptimist of Fort Collins designated the evening of March 29 as a Soroptimist Service evening. Local members joined with community partners in crafting attractive and serviceable items for those in need of warmth and safety. Fleece, yarn, and pillowcases became 53 scarves, 53 pair of fingerless mitts, 10 hats, and 25 pillowcase dresses. Mitts, hats and scarves will be delivered to Vietnam. Pillowcase dresses will be delivered to little girls in Haiti.

Soroptimist members around the world strive to come together in Soroptimist’ Service on or around International Women’s Day, March 8. International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women--past, present and future. International Women's Day allows an opportunity to celebrate women's success, and reminds of inequities still to be redressed.

Binh Rybacki, Executive Director of Children of Peace International requested the mitts, hats and scarves for women and girls working in cold sections of Vietnam. Binh will deliver the warmth during an upcoming medical trip.

According to Carolyn Wade, President of Soroptimist International of Fort Collins, “Young girls in Haiti are less apt to be raped when wearing dresses; Dresses indicate a level of status and thus security.” Soroptimist of Fort Collins hopes to continue making these dresses to improve the lives of girls in Haiti.