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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.


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

Human Rights Day – 10 December 2018

Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. The Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 (General Assembly resolution 217 A) as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected and it has been translated into over 500 languages.

Women’s Rights Are Human Rights – Film Against Gender-Based Violence:

The Campaign on 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence: November 25 – December 10

As the Chair of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, Eleanor Roosevelt was the driving force in creating the 1948 charter of liberties which will always be her legacy: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home — so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. […] Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

Human Rights Day is observed by the international community every year on 10 December. It commemorates the day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The formal inception of Human Rights Day dates from 1950, after the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V) inviting all States and interested organizations to adopt 10 December of each year as Human Rights Day.

When the General Assembly adopted the Declaration, with 48 states in favor and eight abstentions, it was proclaimed as a “common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations”, towards which individuals and societies should “strive by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance”. Although the Declaration with its broad range of political, civil, social, cultural and economic rights is not a binding document, it inspired more than 60 human rights instruments which together constitute an international standard of human rights. Today the general consent of all United Nations Member States on the basic Human Rights laid down in the Declaration makes it even stronger and emphasizes the relevance of Human Rights in our daily lives.

CSW63 – 11-22 March 2019

You are invited to apply to represent SIGBI at CSW63 in New York.  Please see the letter below for full details, and note that the closing date for applications is Friday 30 November 2018:






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

Margaret Clark
APD Advocacy

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.

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.


  • 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