As the first non-government organization to initiate the Women and Children’s Protection Desk (WCPD) in the Philippines, the Soroptimist International Philippines Region (SIPR) upgrades their connection to the rest of the world with a new website geared in further strengthening their advocacies.
At the regular Bulong Pulungan at Sofitel Plaza, SIPR held a press conference to launch www.soroptimistphilippines.org, and introduce platforms on the website that will benefit women and children alike.
Soroptimist Governor Rosario “Cherry” Tumaneng for biennium 2016 to 2018 began by imparting the organization’s origin and mission to help better the lives of women and young girls through programs geared at social and economic empowerment.
“Soroptimist is a global organization established in the US in 1921. There are approximately 80,000 soroptimists around the world in about 132 countries and territories who come to contribute their time and financial resources to support community-based and internal projects that benefit women and girls. The organization is particularly concerned with providing them access to education as this is most effective factor to self-determination,” she explained.
As such, the new website focuses on SI Philippines where the regional organization is introduced in six sections. This year’s special project, the “Water is Wealth for Women” is flaunted on the home page, seeking to reach the barangay level for women and children to learn the importance of conserving safe water. The website provides the activities, programs, and dates of the events of the organization where you can attend and join them as a new member, as forms are also posted in the website. The portal has additional section to introduce the women behind those projects—from the previous years to the present.
Meawhile, the special programs of the organization, particularly of the SI America, like “Live Your Dream” and “Dream It, Be It,” can be accessed in the soroptimist.org.
For Tumaneng and the national officers of Soroptimist Philippines, the new website will enable them to effectively live up to the organization’s name in this day in age. “Soroptimist” was created from the combined Latin words “soro”, meaning women, and “optima,” meaning best.
“The members of the Soroptimist International Philippines are women in their best, who are dedicated to helping other women to be their best,” she ended.