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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

CSW 63 – 11-22 March 2019

You can read all the blogs from CSW63 here.

The final Agreed Conclusions document is now available:

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.

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