Soroptimist International is celebrating 100 years in 2021.
Instances of domestic abuse increased during the pandemic, with helplines experiencing more traffic than ever before. Up to fifty women are thought to have died during the first lockdown at the hands of their abuser. The muder of Sarah Everard has drawn even more attention to the safety of women and girls, pushing the Reclaim the Streets movement to the forefront.
In Darlington, councillors are working to develop a safety plan to help women and girls feel safer across the borough. The councils deputy leader Johnathon Dulston said enhanced CCTV and extra street lighting will play their part in ensuring women and the whole community feel safer. MP Peter Gibson said that extra police officers on the street will also help.
On of the organisations dedicated to empowering women and girls is Soroptimist International, who though have had to adapt how they operate during the pandemic have been working tirelessly throughout. And in 2021 the organisation will be celebrating it's 100th birthday.
Though presented with new challenges, the organisation maintained it's commitment to enhancing the community and assisting women and girls with a huge range of projects taking place of the course of the year, supporting overworked staff at the North Tees hospital, planting trees in Darlington and Middlesbrough and now preparing to spread some joy for Easter.