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

Membership Director’s Message May 2022

It’s Membership Month and for the first time in two years many clubs are finally getting back to “normal” with face-to-face meetings, physical AGM’s and many of the other elements which we all would have missed during the time of the pandemic. In many instances, we may be meeting new members for the first time

President’s Message May 2022

Dear Members Here we are already in the month of May, and although summer does not officially start until June, for many 1 May marks the beginning, with May Day celebrations that have been carried out in England for over two thousand years. In Roman times, May Day was celebrated with the festival of Flora,

International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace

As the war in the Ukraine continues to rage, countries across the globe are continuing to call for peace. Today, we mark the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace which is celebrated annually on 24 April and it seeks to reaffirm the UN Charter and its principles of resolving disputes among countries through