Women going pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
More than a thousand members of a world-wide women’s organisation, Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland will be going ‘Pink by the Pool’ on Friday November 11th at 8.30am making a splash of pink for breast cancer awareness, when they meet in Malta next week.
The SIGBI 82nd Annual Conference “Engineering the Future” will be taking place between the 10th and 12th November at the Malta Hilton in St Julian’s. The conference theme chosen by The President of SIGBI, Margaret Emsley, herself a Civil Engineer, makes reference to the difference that Soroptimists make to the lives of women and girls throughout the world. All Soroptimists worldwide strive to “engineer” the future for women and girls, encouraging them in nontraditional STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). In addition, Soroptimists strive to Educate, Enable and Empower women and girls worldwide.
Realising the need for ongoing specialist training in science and medicine, all Soroptimist delegates attending the conference in Malta, are being invited to join President Margaret by the Pool at the Malta Hilton, wearing pink to create a considerable splash of colour! The aim is to emphasise the need for more research and for more funding to ensure that no one, anywhere in the world, is denied diagnosis and treatment.
Although over the years, there has been immense improvement and mortality rates have dropped significantly, especially here in Malta, there is still the need for more patient education and professionals’ training both in diagnosis, treatment and awareness-raising, not just among women but also amongst men. Researchers around the world are working to find better ways to prevent, detect, and treat breast cancer, and to improve the quality of life of patients and survivors. Keeping in mind that early detection and diagnosis can have a direct effect on the outcome, emphasis is placed on regular self-examination and early advice.
The three day conference has an action packed programme with some inspirational and stimulating keynote speakers, including Dr Helen Sharman the first British astronaut; Dame Professor Sue Ion, the British engineer and expert on nuclear power and Dave Coplin, Chief Envisioning Officer at Microsoft and Founder of The Envisioners.