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IGU (International Goodwill and Understanding) Update

History of the Club

S.I. of Edmonton participates in a program of international goodwill and understanding by corresponding and interacting with other Soroptimist clubs throughout the world. This is done both informally and formally by establishing a Friendship Link with another club. Currently we have 2 friendship link clubs in Japan (S. I. Nayoro and S. I Saitama), one in England (Bath) and Ukraine The Japan clubs are within our Federation of North and South America, while Bath is in the Federation of Great Britain and Ireland and Ukraine is in the Federation of Europe.  For further information please contact Jaynne at

SI Edmonton has adopted Soroptimists Stop Trafficking as its signature project.  The first action was to host an educational/awareness evening on September 26, 2009 in conjunction with the event held by Soroptimists in BC.  The information available to attendees and the speech by Victor Malarek were superb.  The evening was a great start to our campaign and $16,000 was raised for the Salvation Army towards the provision of more safe beds for trafficked women.

Continuing our efforts in Soroptimists Stop Trafficking, club members have been circulating a petition calling for a change in the Criminal Code to decriminalize the sale of sex and to criminalize the purchase of sex, using the Swedish Model. 

In partnership with the Green Light Awareness Society (formerly the Maple Leaf Project) with a purpose of continuing to raise awareness of human trafficking in Alberta, to raise funds for use in the assistance of trafficked persons and to open discussions about starting a safe house in Alberta.  SI Edmonton also supported a transition house for former trafficked women in Nepal.