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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.

UN Status and UN Days

UN Status

In August 2013, SIGBI was given Category 2 (Special Consultative) Status with ECOSOC at the UN.  This status allows SIGBI to actively engage with ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, as well as with the United Nations Secretariat, programmes, funds and agencies.  We will also be informed about the provisional agenda of the Economic and Social Council.

SI has Category 1 (General Consultative) Status with ECOSOC.

Please note: NGOs in Consultative Status are forbidden to use the UN logo on stationery, websites, business cards etc or to imply any kind of “partnership” with the UN, which is why the UN logo has not been included in the list of UN Days below.  Please do not use the UN or ECOSOC logos when mentioning SIGBI’s status in any published materials.

See the letter from Sue Biggs below, re the use of UN and ECOSOC Logos:

UN Days and Significant Dates

Many Soroptimists undertake projects to commemorate certain UN Days and other significant dates in the Soroptimist Calendar. These are listed below. As each of these dates approaches, further information will be given in a separate entry in the SIGBI Calendar, and there will be a news item.

February – March Fair Trade Fortnight

March: Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

7th March: World Book Day

8th March: International Women’s Day

22nd March: World Water Day

7th April World Health Day – Health

15th May: International Day of the Family

5th June: World Environment Day

20th July: SIGBI Day of Action

8th September: International Literacy Day

21st September: International Day of Peace

October: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

3rd October: Soroptimist International Club Friendship DayClubs are encouraged to observe this day in recognition of the chartering of the first Soroptimist Club in Oakland, California, USA on 3 October 1921.

11 October: International Day of the Girl Child

16th October: World Food Day- Environment/ Economic and Social Development

17th October: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty

October 18th: Anti-Slavery Day


25th November: Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women


1st December: World Aids Day

  10th December: UN Day of Human Rights


10th December: Soroptimist International Day of Action and International President’s Appeal