International President’s Appeal – December 10th

Every year, on Human Rights Day (December 10) the President of Soroptimist International selects a project that provides direct assistance to women in extreme need.

2015-2017 Appeal: Educate to Lead Nepal

Message from SI President Yvonne Simpson 10 December 2015

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Soroptimist Sisters,

“I am delighted to launch the SI President’s Appeal ‘Educate To Lead: Nepal’ on 10 December, the very day in 1948 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Our President’s Appeal addresses human rights issues that follow a disaster. The earthquakes in Nepal were devastating – physically, geographically, psychologically, financially, and economically. The resulting poverty has left women and girls more vulnerable. Human traffickers prey on rural women and deceive them into losing their freedom and human rights. Many have lost their livelihoods and need to find a way to care for themselves and their families.

Women can be change agents too – and it is imperative to have women in leadership positions so they can empower their communities. Education is the key. Education empowers women with new skills and new hope for economic independence. It provides the confidence and ability to stand strong and be partners with men to lead the future. The situation needs our long term commitment to make this difference.

I am thrilled that already so many Soroptimists have pledged their support, raising funds and awareness of the need to empower women and girls through education: Empower them to move out of poverty, to move away from vulnerability, and to lead towards a better life. The President’s Appeal has traditionally been for the most vulnerable.

We have been most fortunate that for the 2015 – 2017 SI President’s Appeal, sufficient funds have been pledged already, so we are able to launch the appeal with three projects. These are sample projects of what we hope to achieve. They include Soroptimist projects. They represent the very start – with more funding we will be able to fund more projects and thereby make a greater impact.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights states it is a human right to be born free and equal in dignity and rights (Article 1). No one shall be held in slavery or servitude (Article 4).  Everyone has the right to education (Article 26). Everyone has the right to work (Article 23).

The SI President’s Appeal 20156 – 2017 ‘Educate to Lead: Nepal’ will educate, empower and enable women and girls to overcome their adversity, stay safe and develop leadership skills that will in turn benefit their communities.

The logo flower represents beauty and fragility. It also represents full potential. This is achieved with care and the right nourishment.  Our Appeal offers the same hope for women and girls in Nepal.

With your support we will make a difference.

Come, join us –  Educate to Lead: Nepal”


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Cheques for the appeal should made out to SIGBI Ltd and sent to SIGBI Headquarters and marked for the International President’s Appeal.

2013-2015 Appeal: See Solar, Cook Solar

Soroptimist International President, Ann Garvie, has chosen “See Solar, Cook Solar” for her International President’s Appeal:

“Can you imagine finding time to earn your living if you had to spend hours every day collecting firewood?  Or how you would study with no electric light in the evening?  One quarter of the world’s population do not have reliable access to electricity; 70% of these are women and girls living in developing countries.

“I first became aware of the scale of this problem at CSW in New York in 2012. Several side events highlighted the health implications of the continued use of firewood in generating poisonous air pollution and the perpetual darkness which prevents women and girls from learning. It is a problem that will only get worse with the diminished availability of firewood in the very near future for rural communities in Africa, Asia, and South America.

“That is why I have chosen to support projects providing women with education on renewable sources of energy and solar cookers and lanterns for my December 10 Appeal.

SI St Austell and District demonstrated a solar cooker and solar lamps amongst their African Artefacts in a shopping area in St Austell town by making toasted marsh mallows for the public

“By financing green solar power and promoting and enabling education and life long learning for women and girls, we will help many more women and girls to fulfil their dreams. See Solar, Cook Solar will be launched on 10 December  2013. The chosen project is ‘Going Solar’ to give cooking pots and lanterns to women and girls.  SI Europe have already shown the benefits that this project can bring.”

To kick start the campaign, Ann has pledged £1,000 and agreed to do a sky dive – she will be looking for sponsors!

We are delighted to announce that money raised by SIGBI for this appeal will go to SI Lurgan’s project in partnership with Camfed to provide Solar Lights to girls in Zambia.  See Camfed’s website for more information.

To donate to this Appeal, either complete the donation form in the left hand side panel of this webpage, or send a cheque, made payable to SIGBI Limited, to SIGBI Ltd, 2nd Floor, Beckwith House, 1 Wellington Road North, Stockport, SK4 1AF.  Include a note to say that it is for the International President’s Appeal.

For further information about the Appeal, read the leaflet.

Past International President Appeals

Past projects have provided: Birthing in the Pacific, aid for refugees in camps in Malaysia; protection and help for women AIDS sufferers in Uganda and the Ukraine; scholarships for girls in Mongolia and Rwanda; vocational training programmes and shelter for vulnerable women and children in Paraguay; education and nutrition for abandoned children in Vietnam; malaria protection for pregnant women and young children in Benin, West Africa; enhanced access to education for girls in impoverished areas of Pakistan and support for long term patients at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital in Ethiopia.