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The Role Of Women In The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights

Did you know that December 10th was Human Rights Day? Marked annually since 1950, Human Rights Day commemorates the day that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, on the 10th of December 1948. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was the first document of its kind, setting out a

Programme Director’s December 2020 Message

The announcements about COP 26 are beginning to come through apace with information and announcements about the developing event. Many of us are engaged already in activities relevant to this agenda. See our centenary pages for some relevant information about activities and ideas on how to participate in this, our centenary year. Climate change, together

President’s Message December 2020

I am delighted that Chevonne is writing the President’s Blog this month, throughout the year you will have the opportunity of hearing from all the members of the Board.   It is my absolute honour and pleasure to serve you for the next two years as the Director of Membership. One of my main attractions

President’s Message November 2020

I am the new President of Soroptimist International of Great Britain & Ireland Federation. What a privilege and honour it is to be the President especially in our 100th year. Who is 100 years old in 2021? Soroptimist International is celebrating its Centennial in 2021 “Bright Past Brilliant Future”. Having been founded in October 1921

Programme Director’s November 2020 Message

Health and Wealth – close relatives? It has been a truism for a long time that wealth distribution equals health status – the more prosperous you are, the better your health. This applies both between and within local to global communities. What can we do about this? In 2008 WHO published a report from the

International Day of the Girl Child – 11 October 2020

International Day of the Girl Child is on Sunday 11 October 2020. Soroptimist International is working to improve the lives of girls worldwide, the video below shows just some of the work that our members in all five Federations have been doing in this area, from Trafficking and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) to Education and

Isobel Smith, SIGBI President 2019-2020

President’s Message October 2020

Hello, I felt in good company the other day. I was thinking about this being my last month as SIGBI Federation President and all the achievements we have had over this last 11 months when Radio 4’s Women’s Hour came on and it was presenter Jenni Murray saying “Goodbye” after 33 years with the programme.

Programme Director’s October 2020 Message

International Day of Older Persons 1st October 2020 2020 is the year of anniversaries for the UN and includes 30 years for the International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP). It also marks the introduction of the Decade of Healthy Ageing (2020-2030). Why is this important? Why is this group singled out for attention? How does

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