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

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