93rd Annual Soroptimist International - Southern Region Conference

The 93rd Annual Soroptimist International - Southern Region Conference was held from May 3 - 5, 2019, at the Lake Buena Vista Embassy Suites in Orlando, Florida. The theme was "Make a Wish on a Soroptimist Star for the Dreams of Women & Girls".  Ten club members from SI Tampa attended and, as always, left with memories, new friendships and a renewed sense of purpose.  A highlight from the event was our inspiring keynote speaker, Linda Smith. 
 
Linda Smith is a leader in the global movement to end sex trafficking of women and children around the world and in the United States. In 1998, while still a member of the US Congress, Linda traveled to    Falkland Road in Mumbai, India - one of the worst brothel districts in the world. The hopeless faces of desperate women and children forced into prostitution compelled Linda to found Share Hope          International (SHI).  SHI was established to support shelter and service creation for sex trafficking survivors using a comprehensive model for restoration. By partnering with local organizations, SHI provides restorative care, shelter, and education and job skills training through the Women's Investment Network (WIN) at Homes and Villages of Hope where women and children can live without time limit. Today, Shared Hope provides leadership in education and training, prevention strategies, research, and policy initiatives.

SI Tampa is looking forward to working with the local Shared Hope organization, with regards to human trafficking awareness, in the near future.