President’s Message March 2022

Dear Members, As we celebrate International Women’s Day, our thoughts must turn to the terrifying situation in Ukraine. Tens of thousands of women and children have fled, separated from their men folk and leaving behind their homes, to seek shelter in neighbouring countries. So far, most of the Refugees have arrived in Poland, with the

Membership Director’s Message March 2022

For many countries within our Federation, the season of Spring will soon be upon us. Spring usually represents a period of new growth, hope and fresh possibilities. As we look around us, we can see what may appear to be gradual but still small bits of hope. We see the worldwide loosening of restrictions as

World Day of Social Justice

Social justice is a political and philosophical theory which focuses on the concept of fairness in the relations of individuals in society and equal access to wealth, opportunities, social privileges and fruits of economic growth. As a concept, it arose in the early 19th century during the Industrial Revolution throughout Europe, which aimed to stop

Programme Director February Message

The two great challenges of the last few years, and now, have been Climate Change and Covid. Do we want to ‘build BACK better’ or take the opportunities we have to ‘build FORWARD better’? Personally, I like forward, not a return to ‘normal’. Where and how can we do better? Both topics affect women and

President’s Message February 2022

Dear Members, As we enter the month of February, no doubt your thoughts will be turning towards planning your events to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March 2022. However before then, there are several UN Days in February which resonate with Soroptimists; on the 6th – the all-important International Day of Zero Tolerance to

International Day of Human Fraternity

Coming shortly after the festive season and the pandemic which has made us make changes in the way we live; this International Day of Human Fraternity is very timely and has never been more relevant. A fraternity is a sisterhood or brotherhood of people, formed typically around common goals or aspirations, networking and supporting each

International Day of Education

Isn’t education a human right for everyone? The right to education is enshrined in article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The declaration calls for free and compulsory elementary education. Why is it then that 258 million children and youths still do not attend school; 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and

President’s Message January 2022

Dear Members, Welcome to 2022! I hope you have all stayed safe and well over the festive season, and enjoyed it, in whatever way you chose to celebrate it. As we enter the new year, the spectre of the pandemic still hangs over us, but I am confident that, as Soroptimists, you will rise to

World Braille Day

World Braille Day is celebrated on 4th January which is Louis Braille’s birthday. Opening up the world of books and reading to those affected by visual impairment and sight loss is truly a gift. Do we take this pleasure for granted Perhaps? It is hard to imagine a life without the ability to read. For