SIGBI President’s December 2019 Blog

I am writing this to you on the 29th November, 2019.  We are 4 days into the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence and I congratulate you on our presence on social media et al.

We are supporting the UN Women’s Generation Equality campaign that marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the UNiTE Campaign is calling on people from all walks of life to learn more and take a stand against the pervasive rape culture that surrounds us.

I am amazed at how we have got behind this campaign right from Day one on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter using #orangetheworld, #GenerationEquality and #soroptimistsstandupforwomen.

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. As you know, it was started by activists at the inaugural Women’s Global Leadership Institute in 1991 and continues to be coordinated each year by the Centre for Women’s Global Leadership. It calls for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.

In 2019, the UNiTE campaign is marking the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, under the theme, “Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape!”

For almost a century now, Soroptimists have been working to eliminate violence against women and girls and ensure women’s participation in conflict resolution.

I encourage you all to focus your Programme work on helping women and girls around the world have the life you would want them to have.

Thank you for all the work you are doing.  I have to tell you that our new website will be launching in the new year, the PR and Marketing working party have met with the Board and we have the bones of a marketing plan.

Here’s to increasing our voice and visibility on how We Stand Up for Women and to attracting new members and opening new Clubs through the work that we do and the fun and friendship we share.

Thank you all.

Isobel Smith
SIGBI President 2019-2020


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