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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

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

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

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

President’s Message May 2020

Hello, Since the World Health Organisation officially declared the Covid19 a pandemic on 11 March, life has changed beyond all recognition.  The news from around the world and the daily toll of cases and deaths reminds us why the measures now in place are so important. The shutdown has caused immeasurable pain in jobs lost,

UN Building

Programme Director’s Message May 2020

The UN at 75- and the voices of Women These are disturbing times – in every sort of way – humankind is faced with the uncertainty of what is the new normal, for normal has become variable. In this uncertain time, an institution – the United Nations that was meant to be a harbinger of

School Girls in Nepal

President’s April 2020 Message

Hello So much has happened due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and so much has not happened this month.   We are in social isolation.  The experience of this is different for us all.  Many of us live on our own, many of us are in the ‘at risk’ category and some of us are in the shielded