Soroptimist, Lydia Cardew joins me to celebrate International Women’s Day.

In this episode we look at what International Women’s Day means, how it started, it’s purpose and highlight the amazing work of an International movement of women who are in 121 countries with 72,000 members globally called Soroptimist International.

Lydia speaks about some of the projects Soroptimist International have worked on:

” in Nigeria cleaning hearing aids for children so they could have an education. But we just do it and fill out forms that go to the UN because our federation has special consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council, which gives us a real voice. We can ask questions or we could stand up and be counted”

“locally, we’ve worked for 10 years at the Breakfast Club in Swindon for the homeless, we’ve probably raised £100,000 pounds in our club alone in the 62 years to help, local and national projects”

Tune in to be inspired and feel empowered by the work this group of global volunteers and find out how you can get involved to #breakthebias


Soroptimist International is a worldwide volunteer service organization for women who work for peace, and in particular to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.

Join a Soroptimist Club and you will find like minded women who feel as you do who wants to help other women have fun while they’re doing it and make a difference. You’re not alone, you’ve got 1000s of members worldwide. We do things at a local level, but also at an International level. You can start at a club level but you can end up being Soroptimist International President, if that’s what you want. As you say, baby steps, you’ll go through the various roles and you can grow as a person there’s there’s lots of information and support. You can go do as little or as much as you like, you know, an hour or two a week or make it your full time. You know, occupation if you so choose. So, join a Soroptimist Club, that’s what I say!”

Find out more at: https://sigbi.org/who-we-are/

Lydia Cardew – 

After 36 years in retail admin and 2 spine operations, Lydia retired to enjoy life and do more of what she loves.  She moved to Marlborough for a job in 2005 and loved it as there are so many places to indulge her favourite hobby of walking as well as local activities to get involved in.  Lydia transferred Soroptimists Clubs to Swindon and joined like-minded women helping other women locally and further afield, making good use of her organisational skills! She also joined the Marlborough Ladies Who Latte Group which has opened her eyes to the amazing variety of businesses that women run!

Email – lcardew@yahoo.co.uk

Swindon Soroptimist Group – www.sigbi.org/swindon

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Swindonsoroptimists/   


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