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International Literacy Day: Winds of Change

As a person in education for the past 49 years, I have been reflecting on the interpretation of ‘Literacy’ for 2021. I see the winds of change coming and thus see the need to remobilize our efforts to redefine traditional literacy to meet the needs of today. The United Nations has designated September 8th to

Membership Director’s Message – September 2021

Very often when we reflect on ourselves as an Organization, we are tempted to focus on and highlight the many things that may not be working or areas that we can improve. While that is extremely important in order to help us progress and move forward, it is equally important that we celebrate the many

President’s Message – September 2021

Dear Members, I hope you have all had a lovely summer break and enjoyed being able to meet up with family and friends again. Having finally been able to experience our newly found freedom after what feels to be such a long time, our thoughts must go to the people of Afghanistan. So many have

International Day of Charity

There could be no better time to recognise and celebrate the enormous value that charities, civil society organisations and volunteers have brought to the world over the past year during the pandemic, charities and community groups are integral to the healthy functioning of our society. International Day of Charity seeks to enhance social responsibility and

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

9th AUGUST commemorates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. It marks the date of the inaugural session of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations at the United Nations in 1982. This year’s theme is Leaving No One Behind: Indigenous peoples and the call for a new social contract.   Who are Indigenous People?

Programme Director’s August 2021 Message

The cost of caring During the last year the difference between ‘the haves’ and ‘the have nots’ has become more apparent to all, and the gap is widening. We cannot allow this to continue whether we consider our own country alone or take the wider world view. Until the world is vaccinated no-one can assume

International Day of Friendship

When I think of Soroptimist, I not only think of women inspiring action but also women inspiring love to transform lives around the globe. And what is serving if not a mix of love and compassion? It is a beautiful experience to give love and kindness while helping those in need but also it is,

President’s July 2021 Message

It is with much sadness that I am writing this in the knowledge that President Johanna is no longer with us. I would like to thank everyone for all their messages of condolence and kind thoughts in support of Johanna’s family and the SIGBI Board. My apologies if inadvertently I have not personally responded. I