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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

New to CSW?

You could watch the online Orientation video series. A new video covering different topics will be released every week. These videos contain helpful information, advice, and how-to instructions to prepare you for CSW62.

Take a look at the videos released so far.

UK Advocacy

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

27th January Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD)

The Holocaust is to be remembered on 27th January each year. This years theme is ”The power of words”.

HMD is a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and to recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own, it’s a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented.

Find out more.

Margaret Clark in Vienna

You can see her presentation here.

Results of the 2017 High-Level Political Forum

Results of the 2017 High-Level Political Forum. It is important to read and learn more of the review of SDG5 Gender Equality….

The High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is the main United Nations platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The HLPF provides political leadership, guidance and recommendations for sustainable development. It reviews progress in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with the aim to integrate the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.

Read FULL 10-PAGE UN High-Level Political Forum Review of SDG 5: Achieve Gender Equality & Empower All Women & Girls.


Latest News Istanbul Convention – 3 August 2017

NEW MEASURES TO ALLOW RATIFICATION OF ISTANBUL CONVENTION

The Government will introduce new measures to protect women and girls from crimes committed overseas as part of its Domestic Abuse Bill.

The new legislation would be the final step to enable ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women, known as the Istanbul Convention.

Measures to be included in legislation will extend ‘extra-territorial jurisdiction’ so that certain offences committed by British citizens can be prosecuted in UK courts regardless of where they take place in the world.

Home Secretary, Amber Rudd said:

“Domestic abuse has a devastating and life-long impact on victims, their children, family and friends and this Government is determined to eradicate it.

“These measures will help us bring justice to women who experience these abhorrent crimes anywhere in the world and shows perpetrators there is nowhere to hide.

“This Government always been clear that we will ratify the Istanbul Convention and a Domestic Abuse Bill will allow us to deliver on that, demonstrating how we are driving international action to end violence against women.”

Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary David Lidington said:

“We must do all we can to prevent Domestic Abuse and provide the very best support to victims.

“That is why we are determined that those who commit these deplorable crimes feel the full force of the law.

“This Government is committed to delivering a system that protects victims and increases convictions.”

Despite record numbers of prosecutions and convictions, there are still two million victims of domestic abuse every year in England and Wales.

Though the UK already complies with most aspects of the Istanbul Convention in the United Kingdom, legislation is required for extra-territorial jurisdiction to cover offences committed by British citizens overseas. This will be included in a Domestic Abuse Bill.

The Prime Minister announced her intention to introduce a draft Domestic Abuse Bill earlier this year to ensure that victims have the confidence to come forward safe in the knowledge that the state and justice system will do everything it can to both support them and their children, and pursue their abuser. The Queen’s Speech set out how a draft Bill will establish a Domestic Violence and Abuse Commissioner, define domestic abuse in law, and ensure that if abusive behaviour involves a child, the court can hand down a sentence that reflects the devastating life-long impact that abuse can have on them.


 


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.