Every year, the Scottish Women’s Convention hold an event to celebrate International Women’s Day. The events are normally held in the Debating Chamber of the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood, but of course for the last 2 years they were virtual events. They are popular events, so we were lucky enough to have 2 SI Glasgow City members get invitations to this year’s event when it returned to Holyrood. The theme this year was ‘Celebrating Women in Scotland’. We were also able to include two of the interns from UN House Scotland, one of our partner organisations. They were delighted to meet the First Minister and the Presiding Officer.
SI Glasgow City’s planned Christmas lunch in December could not take place due to re-introduced Covid restrictions. The members were intending to collect donated food items at the lunch for two Glasgow Foodbanks. Not deterred by the Covid restrictions a member bought £40 of food and members donated to the Club charities fund which allowed two monetary donations to be made to the two foodbanks. Club President Margaret and Club Treasurer Bernadette are joined by Ryan, a foodbank volunteer, in the group photo. The donated funds will be used to provide support for household energy costs.
This International Women’s Day, 8 March, join Soroptimists International, UN Women and the world in coming together under the theme “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, and call for climate action for women, by women. With the latest data, we now understand the vital link between gender, social equity and climate change, and recognize that without gender equality today, a sustainable future, an equal future, remains out of reach. Women and girls experience the greatest impacts of the climate crisis as it amplifies existing gender inequalities and puts women’s lives and livelihoods at risk. Across the world, women depend more on, yet have less access to, natural resources, and often bear a disproportionate responsibility for securing food, water, and fuel. As women and girls bear the burden of climate impacts, they are also essential to leading and driving change in climate adaption, mitigation and
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected. It has been translated into 500 languages and is the most translated document in the world. Women are entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of all of their human rights and to be free from all forms of discrimination. #Soroptimists Globally have human rights at the top of their agenda. #16daysofactivism. #Orangetheworld #Generationequality
As more women find space at the work place, and make positive progress towards leadership roles, they are faced with challenges. Women are targeted for their gender and for progressive roles they have adopted. Female employees suffer harassment. Laws of Prevention of Harassment at work place are in place but more needs to be done. #Soroptimists call for an end to violence against women NOW!
#Soroptimists will not tolerate sexual exploitation. We call for no tolerance to such violations of human dignity. Sexual exploitation is exploitation of a woman /girl and her body, and child sexual exploitation that leads to child prostitution. Such activity engrains stereotypes and often leads to harmful discrimination. Raise your voice against such exploitation. Join our movement and stand up for women and girls sigbi.org. #Orangetheworld, at #Generationequality.
Today we rise for the hard toil and struggle of women in rural communities who compose almost 50% of the agricultural work force. This unpaid labour is coupled with their responsibilities to their homes. Gender-based discrimination and the suffering from the impact of climate change and disasters affect them disproportionately. Soroptimists call for equity and equality for rural women. #Orangetheworld, at #Generationequality.
#Soroptimists are sensitive to the challenges faced by people living with HIV, women and girls and key populations. The crisis has widened the social and economic inequalities that increase the vulnerability of marginalized groups to HIV. We #OrangetheWorld on #WorldAIDSDay because women must be empowered to protect themselves from HIV.
#16daysofactivism reminds us of the day when 14 women students were murdered for being women who were progressing to be engineers. Soroptimists worldwide reflect on this act of misogyny that revealed a rigid mind set uncomfortable with women progressing into non-traditional roles. Today we remember and regret that despite feminist progress misogynist attitudes towards them remain. Remembering the day #16daysofactivism at #Orangetheworld #GenerationEquality
Soroptimist International is a volunteering organisation transforming lives of women and girls. This is also our Day when we with volunteers of the world celebrate the work for economic and social development in our communities. Such organizations work on peace, justice and embrace the Sustainable Development Goals. #16daysofactivism when we #Orangetheworld