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Soroptimists in Esperance Trinidad and their Comfort Hampers, responding to COVID-19

Programme Director’s July 2020 Message

How is COVID-19 impacting on SDG2 Zero Hunger and SDG3 Good Health and Well-being? A blog by the Assistant Programme Director for People, Yvonne Gibbon. SDG 2 Before the pandemic, more than 820 million people regularly went to bed hungry. 135 million of those suffer from acute hunger largely due man-made conflicts, climate change and

What Do Soroptimists Do? Our Positioning Statement

A blog by Rachel Weinhold, SI Rossendale Having been a Soroptimist for several years now, I’m often asked ‘what is a Soroptimist?’ and ‘what do Soroptimists do?’. Well, Soroptimists work to ensure that women and girls get a fair deal, in every country around the world. We’ve been doing it for 100 years now and

Isobel Smith, SIGBI President 2019-2020

Soroptimist statue at National Memorial Arboretum Appeal

Thank you so much to everyone who has donated to our SIGBI Statue to be commissioned for the National Memorial Arboretum. We are delighted to announce that we have reached our £10,000 target and we look forward to sharing details of the unveiling ceremony later this year. Watch this space! Read this letter from President

SIGBI’s Response to Racism

Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) is a global organisation. Our membership is comprised of women from many nations, races and walks of life. Our work is carried out to help women and girls from a vast range of backgrounds and experiences. We work to fight prejudice wherever we find it and however it

Soroptimist International’s Response to Racism

SI have written an open letter in response to the Black Lives Matter campaign: Dear Friends and Colleagues, From our humble beginning in October 1921 until today, Soroptimist International (SI) was founded on the principles of human rights, social & economic justice, equality, peace, and international goodwill and to transform the lives of girls and

Major Gwani Woman peacekeeper

Resolution 1325 and the Recognition of Women as Peace Makers

It is twenty years since the Security Council unanimously adopted UN Resolution 1325. This acknowledged the disproportionate impact of armed conflict on women and girls. It also called for increased participation of women at all levels of decision making during the peace process. To quote – “The resolution reaffirms the important role of women in

WHO Solidarity Response Fund

SIGBI donation to the WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

SIGBI has donated £1,000 from the Emergency Relief Fund to the World Health Organisation COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. The COVID-19 situation is adversely impacting low-income countries such as Bangladesh and India where the lack of affordable PPE is desperate. By donating to the WHO Solidarity Fund SIGBI will be supporting a number of countries within

Soroptimists providing washing bags to frontline hospital staff

What are Soroptimists doing during Lockdown?

We’re living through a funny old time aren’t we?! At the time of writing this, the vast majority of the world have been living in lockdown thanks to the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. Here in the UK, we’re now entering our 12th week of lockdown. Only key workers have been allowed to continue working; the rest

Breakdown of SDGs into the 5Ps

President’s Message June 2020

Hello Where did May go?  I have never known a month go by so quickly.  I must admit that it has been a busy 4 weeks.  Lots of ‘Go To Meetings’ with Directors, the Website Working Party, the PR and Marketing Committee, Region/NA/Country Presidents and on Saturday the Director of Membership and I met with