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Programme Director’s April 2021 Message

A momentous two weeks For two weeks towards the end of March some of us traipsed off to New York – virtually, of course! This meant that we had 8 times as many delegates as usual at the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Those registered only for the NGOCSW parallel events, outside

President’s April 2021 Message

What an amazing two week trip to New York!  The chance to join 25,000 women from around the world to discuss all issues pertaining to Women and Girls.  Normally SIGBI would have had a delegation of 16 but because the whole of the United Nations – Commission on the Status of Women was virtual we

President’s Message March 2021

This month President Johanna would like to introduce you to another new member of the Board, Nisha Ghosh, Director of Public Relations, Marketing and Communications. In her own way she talks of her new role.   Public Relations and Marketing was always there, but somewhere among the lowly ranks for Soroptimists. We live in a world

Membership Director’s March 2021 Message

One of the first things which you are exposed to and learn when you become is Soroptimist is the Soroptimist Pledge. We may take varying times to eventually learn all of the words, but after sometime it becomes like second nature and we are able to rattle it off without even a second thought. However,

President’s Message February 2021

There are many milestones in 2021. First and foremost Soroptimists International is 100 years old. Soroptimist International has over 72,000 members in 121 countries. It was founded in Oakland, California by a group of 80 women who wanted to change the lives of women and girls worldwide. Though interestingly their first project was to “Save

Programme Director’s February 2021 Message

This is your chance to engage with the world and help women everywhere through the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Each March we have the chance to engage with other women across the world at CSW. Last year the usual sessions in New York were cancelled, due to COVID, just as we

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