Tag: Soroptimist International

* Soroptimists Celebrate Human Rights Day

Members from Soroptimist Clubs in the London Chilterns Region and guests celebrated Human Rights Day at the Region’s meeting/conference on Saturday 30 November. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights  www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/ was signed on 10 Dec 1948. A moving … Continued


Soroptimists Celebrate Human Rights Day

Members from Soroptimist Clubs in the London Chilterns Region and guests celebrated Human Rights Day at the Region’s meeting/conference on Saturday 30 November. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights  www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/ was signed on 10 Dec 1948. A moving … Continued


Inspirational Soroptimist Conference in Bournemouth

More than 40 Members of Soroptimist International London Chilterns Region attended the annual Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) Conference this year 24-26 Oct in Bournemouth. To read the reports on each of the sessions see the Conference … Continued


Inspiring Speakers and a New President for the Region at the AGM

On a wet day in London it was a relief to be out of the rain and in the company of inspirational women for the SI London Chilterns Region Annual General Meeting with special guest speakers Dame Vera Baird (National Victims Commissioner, … Continued


Hot Soroptimist Womens Conference

On the hottest day of the year attendees of the Soroptimist International London Chilterns Region Conference had their thoughts provoked by two inspirational speakers Janet Fyle MBE Policy Adviser at the Royal College of Midwives www.rcm.org.uk/promoting/professional-practice/violence-women-girls/ and Ruby Raut CEO and … Continued


Kathleen Martin, High Wycombe Soroptimist in Queens Birthday Honours

SI High Wycombe and District Member Kathleen Martin has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours”. Jen Simpson, past President of SI London Chilterns Region and Communications Officer for the High Wycombe Soroptimists said: We are absolutely delighted that one … Continued


Soroptimist Suffragette Cheerstation at the London Landmarks Half Marathon

On Sunday 24 Mar Soroptimists from London Chilterns Region “womanned” a suffragette cheer station at the London Landmarks Half Marathon (LLHM) – see the website for more about the event www.llhm.co.uk The event broke its fundraising target of £6m. LLHM is … Continued


Three Soroptimist Clubs Join Forces to Celebrate International Women’s Day

On 17 March a trio of Soroptimist International Clubs in the London Chilterns Region SI Slough Windsor & Maidenhead, SI Thames Valley, and SI High Wycombe and District organised a brilliant International Women’s Day event in Maidenhead Town Hall. The … Continued


WINNER!! Soroptimist Club Wins St Albans Mayors Pride Award in the Voluntary Sector

Soroptimist International of London Chilterns is proud to announce that the St Albans and District Soroptimist Club won the St Albans Mayor’s Pride Award 2019 in the Voluntary Sector category. The first picture is of the three finalists (Soroptimist Jane … Continued


London Chilterns Soroptimists Celebrate International Womens Day

Our event began with a celebration of International Women’s Day (IWD) which has been celebrated on 8th March every year since 1909. The day was adopted by the United Nations in 1975 with an annual identified theme; this year that … Continued


Are Women Their Own Worst Enemy? Inspiring Womens Day Debate

Are women their own worst enemy? On 7 March SI St Albans and District held an inspiring International Women’s Day debate… The panel and audience discussed the question: Are Women their own worst enemy? the answer: yes and no – it’s complicated! St … Continued


A Moving Human Rights Day Region Celebration

Members from Soroptimist Clubs in the London Chilterns Region and their guests attended a moving Human Rights Day event on Saturday 15th December.  2018 marked 70 years since the signing of the United Nations declaration of Human Rights for www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/ One … Continued


London Chilterns Soroptimists in the Face of Suffrage

Soroptimists from all over the UK were encouraged to add their images to The People’s Picture – the Face of Suffrage on display on the concourse at Birmingham New Street Station from November 15th to the 14th December, the day women … Continued


October Region AGM and Conference – the Impact of Women

We had an action packed October Region meeting in London – with the AGM, a #VotesForWomen  presentation, a run through nominated “Women of Achievement” and a panel session on the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (UN CSW). President Margaret’s … Continued


Vote 100 Suffragette Exhibition – A Stones Throw from Westminster

SI Greater London and SI St Albans and District have both visited the VOTE 100 Suffragettes in Camden exhibition in August. The exhibition is cleverly titled “A Stone’s Throw from Westminster” and is at the Camden Local Studies & Archives Centre, Holborn Library. The groups … Continued


WINNER! Soroptimist St Albans Wins SME Hertfordshire Business Award

Great news! SI St Albans and District has won the SME Hertfordshire Business Award in the “Not for Profit Business of the Year”  category Please see the website for all the information – hertfordshireawards.co.uk  The Club’s Membership Officer and local business woman Amanda Brown … Continued


Impactful Region Conference in Newbury

What an impactful Region Meeting/Conference in Newbury! IMPACT is Region President Margaret Badley’s theme for the year and this event certainly fitted the bill. 50 Soroptimists from the Clubs in our London Chilterns Region came together to learn, share and … Continued


Processions 2018 – march marking 100 Years of Votes for Women

On 10 June Members of Soroptimist International from all over the UK  marched with  PROCESSIONS, a mass artwork celebrating 100 years of women voting, in Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and London. Members of SI London Chilterns Region marched in London in solidarity … Continued


SI Slough Windsor and Maidenhead Annual Lunch – New Venue and a New Childrens Hospice

After many years of having the Annual Lunch in Dorney this year SI Slough Windsor and Maidenhead moved to the beautiful setting of the Berystede Hotel in South Ascot.  Despite the rather unseasonal weather members were able to admire the … Continued


Soroptimist Suffragette Cheerstation at the London Landmarks Half Marathon

The London Landmarks Half Marathon on March 25th raised more than £1.5 million pounds for the children’s charity Tommy’s. Because this year is the 100th anniversary of female suffrage in the UK, this new London event included a suffragist cheer … Continued


International Women’s Day Centenary of Votes for Women – What Have We Achieved? Sun March 11 Maidenhead

Soroptimist International of Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead, Thames Valley and High Wycombe and District Clubs hosted an event in Maidenhead to mark International Women’s Day and the centenary of votes for (some) women in the UK.  The British Prime Minister, and MP … Continued


Yarl’s Wood Befrienders News

To understand more about Yarl’s Wood and the immigration detention of women in the UK, please read this short article:  https://theconversation.com/i-befriend-women-detained-at-yarls-wood-their-life-in-immigration-limbo-is-excruciating-92905 It was written by Jo Vincett, a PhD Student, Faculty of Business and Law with The Open University and it … Continued


Soroptimists Mark Human Rights Day with Celebrations, Befrienders and Engineering

More than 50 Soroptimists from Clubs in the London Chilterns Region gathered in Bedford to mark and celebrate Human Rights Day  and is part of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was … Continued


Step Up, Lead the Way – Brilliant Soroptimist Conference Cardiff October 2017

Over 1,200 women from around the world gathered at the magnificent Wales Millennium Centre on Cardiff Bay to listen to inspiring speakers and to share ideas and energise each other through networking and friendship Olympian Katherine Grainger DBE, Britain’s most … Continued


Modern Day Slavery Survey – SI Slough Windsor and Maidenhead

Soroptimist International Great Britain & Ireland (SIGBI) UK Programme Action Committee (UKPAC) www.sigbi.org/ukpac worked with Anti-Slavery groups and did a survey about the level of understanding of people in the UK wrt trafficked people and modern day slaves. The survey … Continued


*Oct Regional Meeting/Conference plus AGM – Director, Baroness, Clubs and new President

President Jen Simpson opened the meeting. She reminded us that her theme for this year had been ACTIVE – Aspirational, Collaborative, Tenacious, Inspirational, Vocal and Empowering for Women and Girls globally. She told us that the new Soroptimist International (SI) Presidents’ Appeal has been … Continued


Blistering and Explosive June Regional Meeting/Conference

  The picture above is of everyone holding up cards for the #LandmineFree2025 Campaign with SI London Chilterns Regional President Jen Simpson and Kate Moore MBE, former Chair of Action on Armed Violence at the fore. It was a blistering … Continued


Happy 90th Birthday SI Central and South West London!

Congratulations and Happy 90th Birthday to SI Central and South West London www.sigbi.org/london-central-and-southwest The Club had a whole weekend of celebrations 12-14th May 2017 with guests from all over the world including the Soroptimist International President Yvonne Simpson who is from … Continued


Regional President Jen Abseils for More Smiles Charity

This is SI London Chilterns Regional President Jen Simpson’s report of her amazing abseil antics for www.moresmiles.org.uk to provide a ‘fit for the future’ expanded Paediatric Intensive Care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington. “On 26th April at 11am I well … Continued


Kori Library – Official Opening by SI Thames Valley

We couldn’t all go to Sierra Leone, so the official UK opening of the Kori Development Project Sandy Raffan Memorial Library was organised by SI Thames Valley and was held at the John Lewis Heritage Centre in Cookham on 18 … Continued



International Women’s Day at London Chilterns Region March Meeting

On Sat 11 Mar almost 50 women from around our Soroptimist London Chilterns Region met in London. A packed agenda included lots of news from Federation and Clubs plus two really interesting speakers – Sarah Smart (pic left with Regional President … Continued




Teamwork at International Day of the Girl Child

This event, marking the International Day of the Girl Child  was hosted by Thames Valley Police, working in partnership with local businesses and partners, to share and celebrate the achievements of women and girls from around the community in High … Continued


**Denise Powell President London Chilterns Region 2019-20 – here to help

Denise Powell has been a Soroptimist since 2011 and is an active Member of the SI St Albans and District Club. Although retired from paid employment, Denise is a very busy woman outside of Soroptimists. To name just two things Denise gives … Continued