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Programme Director’s August 2022 Message

We have all, wherever we live, experienced the effects of climate change in recent months. This, together with other global issues such as conflict (e.g. Ukraine, Syria, Yemen), Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and other gender inequalities (e.g. widowhood) simply make our purpose of helping women and girls be the best they can be

Nelson Mandela International Day

What – a blog on the Memorial Day of a man by a women’s organisation? Why, you may ask like me. I had read Nelson Mandela’s autobiography about his formidable and impressive fight for freedom of oppression, “The Long Walk to Freedom”, 751 pages worth reading, and I turned back to it for clues. No

Membership Director’s July 2022 Message

We are now halfway through the year! It seems like the time is just passing by so quickly. What a difference a year can make! Last year at this time, many of us were still struggling with high levels of uncertainty as well as continued lockdowns and increasing COVID numbers. Now, a year later, the

World Population Day

Should a woman have a right to an abortion? I bet a pound to a penny you have a view on abortion. Everyone does. The recent ruling in the USA has made it an issue for women everywhere to discuss. If we believe that governments have a responsibility to ensure everyone has access to safe

SIGBI Programme Director’s June 2022 Message

Awareness, Advocacy, Action In my blog for April I ended up reminding us of our awareness, advocacy, action mantra. It is still relevant today and on much the same themes.   Climate change Stockholm+50, an event to mark 50 years from the meeting in 1972, looked at the human environment and its effects on the

SIGBI President’s June 2022 Message

Dear Members On 5 June, Soroptimists will be highlighting UN World Environment Day with the campaign theme of ‘Only One Earth’, as 2022 marks 50 years of UN environmental diplomacy. In 1972, acid rain was destroying trees, birds were dying from DDT poisoning and countries were contending with oil spills, and contamination from nuclear testing.

World Bee Day

On World Bee Day, we celebrate the marvel of this insect and its importance to our lives as humans and to the global ecological balance. There are many thousands of species of bee recorded, from the tiny stingless bee to a very large bee at approximately 2 inches long. With the exception of Antarctica, bees

World Press Freedom Day

Proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in December 1993, following the recommendation of UNESCO’s General Conference, 3rd May is celebrated worldwide as World Press Freedom Day. This declaration has been widely influential as a crucial affirmation of the international community’s commitment to freedom of the press. Every year UNESCO floats a theme for this day