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Isobel Smith, SIGBI President 2019-2020

President Isobel’s September 2020 Message

Celebrate the Good Things The last few months have challenged many of us in ways we could not have dreamed of at the start of the year. Taking time to reflect and recognise the testing challenges we have met and overcome during the pandemic can assist us in getting things into perspective and arm us

Programme Director’s September 2020 Message – Prosperity

What does ‘Eat out to help out in August’ have in common with Sustainable Development Goals? It has never been more important to focus on the Prosperity Sustainable Development Goals Affordable and clean energy (SDG7) Good jobs and economic growth (SDG8) Innovation and infrastructure (SDG9) Reduced in equalities (SDG10) and Sustainable cities and communities (SDG11)

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President Isobel’s August 2020 Message

I attended the 4 days of the Soroptimist International Board Meeting from Monday 27th July to Thursday the 30th July. Or rather the 4 nights as BST meant I started at 19.00 and the earliest finish was 00.30 the next day! Bette Levy, our UN Representative in New York, presented on a number of issues

Programme Director’s August 2020 Message

Gender Balance/Equity Gender balance refers to “an equitable distribution of life’s opportunities and resources between women and men, and/or the equal representation of women and men.” Given the differences between men and women, equal treatment may not always result in equal outcomes and so the concept of gender equity, referring to fairness of treatment for

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President Isobel’s July 2020 Message

Hello everyone, What activity does July bring? July heralds our Soroptimist Day of Action and our theme this year is ‘Stay Connected.’  This seems the most relevant activity to celebrate on the 18th July as staying connected has never been so important in the face of this pandemic.   There is a toolkit for this campaign

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

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What Do Soroptimists Do? Our Position 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

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

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