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Contains information of interest to individual Members, including Membership Statement, New Members' Pack, how to apply for a Memorial Fund Award, Grants of Friendship/Invitations, and Membership Matters.

Contains all the information you need for the running of a Club, eg Membership Forms, Annual Returns, Club Governance, How to Start a New Club.

Contains information related to running a Region/National Association/Network, eg the purpose of Regions/National Associations/Networks, and Region/NA/Network governance documents

Contains documentation to help you communicate your activities, eg Template Press Releases, SIGBI Brand Guidelines and Logos, good examples of Club Promotional Material, How To Guides.

Contains information related to Programme Activities, eg a page for each Programme Area, Commission on the Status of Women, SIGBI Programme Database.

Contains documentation related to the running of the Federation, eg SIGBI Governance, Vision 2021.

Advocacy

Assistant Programme Director for Advocacy – Margaret Clark

The Assistant Programme Director (APD) for Advocacy monitors SIGBI’s special consultative status at ECOSOC, and ensure that this status is maintained, by highlighting Clubs’ work towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Advocacy covers all the Programme Focus objectives.

The role of SI Advocacy is to be a ‘Voice for the Voiceless’, through Programme Activity and influence. To achieve this and the 2030 Agenda we need to strengthen the monitoring and reporting of our current activities and their links to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); we need to motivate and ensure that Clubs regularly interface with the SIGBI website to keep up to date; and we need to embrace new programmes, such as ‘Be Bold for Change’, ‘Leave no one behind’, and ‘Care for the least, first.’

Read the SI Advocacy Guidelines

Latest News

Commonwealth Women ‘s Forum – Outcome Statement Available.

Read here.

Read all about the 2018 Global Solutions Summit Event.

Read here.

Gender pay gap costs global economy $160tn, says World Bank study.

Read here.

The cost of gender inequality.

Read here.

Food Waste Enough to Feed World’s Hungry Four Times Over.

Read here.

World Environmental Day 2018

An update on SDG Goal 6 from the UN Secretary-General report on the progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals 2018. . The information has been provided by The Economic and Social Council High-level political forum on sustainable development. Please take action and help to make a better world.

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

  1. Too many people still lack access to safely managed water and sanitation facilities. Water scarcity, flooding, and lack of proper management of wastewater hinder social and economic development. Increasing water efficiency and improving water management are critical to balancing the competing and growing water demands from various sectors and users. In 2015, 5.2 billion people used safely managed drinking water services—an improved water source located on premises, available when needed and free from contamination, which represents 71 per cent of the global population. An additional 1.3 billion people (17 per cent of the global population) used a basic drinking water source—an improved water source not more than 30 minutes away. This means that 844 million people around the world still lack even a basic level of service.
  2. Based on estimates from 84 countries, in 2015, 39 per cent of the global population used safely managed sanitation services—basic facilities that safely dispose of human waste. An additional 29 per cent of the global population used a basic sanitation service—an improved facility that is not shared.
  3. In 2015, 2.3 billion people still lacked even a basic level of service and 892 million people continued to practice open defecation, resulting from a decline from 20 per cent in 2000 to 12 per cent in 2015. In 2015, only 27 per cent of the population in LDCs had basic handwashing facilities.
  4. Untreated wastewater degrades water quality, posing risks to public health, contaminates drinking water sources and limits opportunities for safe and productive reuse of water. Preliminary estimates from household data of 79 mostly high and high middle-income countries (excluding much of Africa and Asia) show that 59 per cent of all wastewater are safely treated, 76 per cent of flows are safely treated in households with a sewer connection, and 18 per cent of flows are safely collected and treated for those with on-site facilities only.
  5. In 22 countries (mostly in Northern Africa, Western Asia and Central and Southern Asia), water stress—defined as the ratio of fresh water withdrawn to total renewable freshwater resources—is above 70 percent, which indicates strong probability of future water scarcity. In 15 of these countries, withdrawals totalled more than 100 per cent of the renewable freshwater resources in the country.
  6. In 2017/2018, 157 countries reported an average implementation of integrated water resources management of 48 per cent.
  7. Based on data from 62 out of 153 countries sharing transboundary waters, the average percentage of national transboundary basins covered by an operational arrangement was 59 per cent in 2017-2018 and only 17 countries reported that all their transboundary basins are covered.
  8. ODA for the water sector was $9 billion in 2016. While disbursements between 2011 and 2016 have increased, as commitments fall, disbursements may also decrease in the future. Any reduction in external aid is likely to hamper progress towards SDG6 as a 2017 survey found that over 80 per cent of countries reported insufficient finances to attain national WASH targets.

CHOGM Meeting 2018

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting took place in April 2018 in London.  Soroptimists were there, and you can read Margaret Clark’s report below:

Advocacy Opportunity

Civil Society Strategy: Have Your Say – GOV.UK 

Have your say on how government can work with and for civil society to tackle challenges and unlock opportunities to build a stronger society now and in the future.

The UK government is holding a consultation on working with civil society and views on how the government can work with and for civil society. This is an opportunity to have your say, please don’t miss it and complete the survey by 22 May 9am on https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/civil-society-strategy-have-your-say

Note: this is for England only.

 For further information, help and support on Advocacy, please contact

Margaret Clark
APD Advocacy
Margaretclark123@gmail.com

United Nations

For more information about Soroptimist International at the United Nations – click here.

Where We Stand

Here you will find the Soroptimist International Where We Stand statements and the organisations’ stance on various issues that affect the lives of women and girls.

Sustainable Development Goals Tree Presentation

How do we link our Soroptimist objectives to the Sustainable Development Goals?

The analogy of a tree that bears fruit stresses the importance of each member in reaching our goals, has been used to give a visual impact. Our members are the grassroots providing the platform for all our work.

The tree trunk represents the four Federations of Soroptimist International rising to the importance of our status and voice at the Economic and Social Council at United Nations.

The SIGBI objectives are the 8 branches of the tree with the leaves representing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) addressed. For example SIGBI objective ‘Education’ may be a project teaching children in a developing country which meets SDG 4.

The apple is a symbol of the benefits achieved, such as the learning achievements of the pupils as they learnt to read, or have been informed of hereditary and land rights.

Clubs are encouraged to look at their projects and links with SDGs adding to their own tree. If photos could be added even better highlighting their successful achievements.

Find out more about the SDGs and do not hesitate to contact me for further information on margaretclark123@gmail.com.

View presentation.

CSW62 Presentation

Solutions to address the multi-layered issues faced by rural isolated women and girls.

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CSW62

The delegates are all back from CSW62, which took place 12-23 March 2018. We hope that you all kept up with events from the daily blogs. Please read the summary document below from Margaret Clark, APD Advocacy, which details SIGBI’s involvement in the events which took place and the Agreed Conclusions document:

 

UK Advocacy

Here is an advocacy update from the National Alliance of Women’s Organisations.

 

 

Margaret Clark in Vienna

You can see her presentation here.

 

Interview with a Human Trafficker

This is a shocking Ross Kemp interview with a child human trafficker who claims to have killed more than 400 children.

 

Start your own Petition

If you have a particular issue you’d like to petition on then you could set up your own petition and attract signatures globally.

Websites like AVAAZ or Change have a good reach and the resources to ‘push’ petitions towards members who have previously demonstrated an interest in the topic.

Your petition can then be shared on social media.

Both of these sites also offer support services to petitioners so any further queries you have such as how to deliver the petition to the recipient, you could raise with site admins themselves.

Tips:

  • Make sure that the petition call for action is within the powers of the person being petitioned.
  • You may need to think about putting your ‘call for action’ into a succinct sentence to form the focus of the petition, and adding the addressee into the title e.g title: ‘Prime Minister Modi: BRING ACCHE DIN FOR WOMEN TOO’ followed by a summary.
  • Have a look at some examples from Change or AVAAZ

Lobby your MP

if you’re in the UK and would like to contact your local MP about any issues or to lobby on an issue, you can search for their details here.

Sign a Soroptimist approved Petition

Do you want to make a difference to Women and Girls around the World?

Taking action by signing a petition can really make change happen.Petitions are a great way to get your views heard by Government, get Journalists to take notice or raise awareness about a certain issue. There are so many different petitions flying around, so with the help of our Programme Team we’ve selected a few which we feel are right for you to support.

Sign a petition here.


Scottish Lobbying Success

The Scottish Women’s Convention (SWC)’s response to ‘A New Future for Social Security: Consultation on Social Security in Scotland’ has been informed by the voices of women from a range of backgrounds, geographical areas and of all ages throughout the country.

Read full report.


The Sustainable Development Goals

SDG

On 1 January 2016, the world officially began implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development—the transformative plan of action based on 17 Sustainable Development Goals—to address urgent global challenges over the next 15 years.

Read the full report.

Through projects our Members work towards:

  • Education
  • Elimination of violence
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Food Security
  • Health
  • Environmental sustainabililty, water and sanitation
  • Conflict resolution, peace promotion
  • Disaster mitigation and relief

Read more about the Sustainable Development Goals.


Commission on Status of Women (CSW)

Every year Soroptimists attend the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York. Find out more about this years CSW here.


Bilston Soroptimists – When a spoon is not a spoon

Bilston Soroptimists work with Karma Nirvana selling their lapel spoon badges to raise awareness of Forced Marriage. Forced Marriage became a criminal offence in 2014. Wearers of spoons explain the significance of the pin – great awareness and advocacy.

Watch this great video explaining all about the project.