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

Programme Director’s September 2020 Message – Prosperity

What does ‘Eat out to help out in August’ have in common with Sustainable Development Goals? It has never been more important to focus on the Prosperity Sustainable Development Goals Affordable and clean energy (SDG7) Good jobs and economic growth (SDG8) Innovation and infrastructure (SDG9) Reduced in equalities (SDG10) and Sustainable cities and communities (SDG11)

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President Isobel’s August 2020 Message

I attended the 4 days of the Soroptimist International Board Meeting from Monday 27th July to Thursday the 30th July. Or rather the 4 nights as BST meant I started at 19.00 and the earliest finish was 00.30 the next day! Bette Levy, our UN Representative in New York, presented on a number of issues

Programme Director’s August 2020 Message

Gender Balance/Equity Gender balance refers to “an equitable distribution of life’s opportunities and resources between women and men, and/or the equal representation of women and men.” Given the differences between men and women, equal treatment may not always result in equal outcomes and so the concept of gender equity, referring to fairness of treatment for