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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

UN Environmental Days – June 2020

World Environment Day – 5 June 2020 5th June is designated by the United Nations as World Environment Day. Instituted in 1972 – when environment awareness was in its nascent stages and continues to be marked with more focus, and passion and certainly more concern. It is a challenging time for the whole world –

The importance of Partnerships – Programme Director’s message June 2020

The need for governments, non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations and people from every nation of the world to work together in partnership has never been greater. Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, referring to the Sustainable Development Goals at the end of 2015, said: “The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are our shared vision of humanity

International Day for UN Peackeepers – 29 May 2020

May 29th is the International Day of UN Peace Keepers to honour and remember the Blue Helmet and Blue Berets symbols of hope and resolution for millions in conflict zones. Donning these the UN Peace Keepers place themselves in difficult often dangerous situations to give personnel help stabilise communities, protect civilians, promote the rule of

Global Voice May 2020

The May 2020 issue of Global Voice is now available. This issue features lots of messages and news from around the globe on how Soroptimists are coping with COVID-19, plus the announcement of the new SI President Elect, Maureen Maguire, and lots more. Global Voice is a publication by Soroptimist International.