Award for Soroptimist Gstaad-Saanenland

Mon, 15. Jun. 2020
Delighted at the many interested visitors to the opening of the exhibition Welcome Home in May 2019: (from left) Christa Cairoli, Annelis Eichenberger, Louise Hill and Ursula Breuninger (exhibition project manager). (Photograph: Vreni Müllener)

The Swiss umbrella organisation of Soroptimist International has awarded the Best Practice Award to a project of the Club Gstaad-Saanenland. The award was given for the exhibition Welcome Home, which was held in Gstaad in spring 2019 to raise awareness of domestic violence.

The Club Soroptimist International Gstaad-Saanenland is delighted about the award. "The prize is a tribute to a women's organisation that has been working for many years to improve the situation of women and girls throughout the world," says Ursula Breuninger. She was the project manager of the travelling exhibition "Welcome home", which spent ten days in the Kirchgemeindehaus in Gstaad.

The Best Practice Award was presented for the fourth time this year and the Club Gstaad-Saanenland achieved a fantastic third place with its commitment to violence prevention. The winning projects should have been presented at the delegates' meeting in Lausanne and the prize should have been handed over in person. Due to the current situation, this was not possible.

First contact point in Thun
It was important to the members, who raised awareness of violence against women and children, to pass on the prize money of CHF 1,000 entirely to the women’s refuge in Thun. It is the first point of contact for women from the Saanenland in cases of domestic violence.

Ursula Breuninger, project manager of the exhibition Welcome Home: "Of course we want to support the work of this organisation and express our appreciation for the women's refuge!” The money was transferred during the lockdown, a time when isolation and living together in a confined space could lead to escalations in some families.

Detabooing the topic
With the exhibition Welcome Home 350 people could be reached directly, who visited the exhibition under expert guidance. There was also a great deal of media coverage, which is why the Club hopes to have initiated a discussion on this taboo topic. Other events organized by Soroptimist such as the Orange Days (orange illuminated facades in November/December) help to keep the topic on the radar.

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