Food Waste Day 2023

Blog by Nichola Balmer, SI Lichfield and UKPAC Environment Group Lead I’ve spent the last couple of years as a volunteer Ambassador for Waste Savvy Staffs in a programme run by Garden Organic on behalf of Staffordshire County Council, England. It’s been a really interesting experience. I’ve given talks about waste reduction to a range

Inside CCDO’s Women’s Empowerment Programme in Siem Reap, Cambodia

For well over a year now, Soroptimist International (SI) has been partnered with the Cambodian Community Dream Organisation (CCDO) as part of the current SI President’s Appeal, ‘Opening Doors to a Bright Future’. The primary focus of this project has been to deliver education and learning throughout the life course of women and girls living

World Health Day

On 7th April, the World Health Organisation (WHO) will celebrate its 75th anniversary. It was formed in 1948 when countries of the world came together to promote health and look after the vulnerable with the aim of ensuring that everyone throughout the world could attain the highest level of health and well-being. The work of

Programme Director’s April 2023 Message

Hi everyone, I cannot believe just how much has happened since my last blog, time truly does not stand still. Visit to Asia You will be aware that President Cathy and I spent February visiting clubs and members across the Asia Cluster.  It was a visit which will stay with me for a very long

World Water Day

Soroptimist International Supports a Gender Approach to Water Management Everything alive needs water! According to NASA, places with water are of the greatest interest when looking for life beyond Earth. Planets with ample water to support all human activities are desirable. However, back on Earth, some regions and people are deprived of water. The story

CSW 67 – Session on “Widows Rights”

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 67 – https://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw67-2023 – is currently taking place in New York, and Soroptimists from all five Federations are taking part. Blog by Helen Porter, SI Winchester and District on “Widows Rights” This was a fascinating side event of CSW67. I learnt about the intersectionality of widowhood and

Why do we celebrate International Women’s Day?

There is a wonderful image that comes to mind when we imagine women all over the world supporting each other and celebrating each other’s achievements, not only on this special day, but throughout the year. Imagine… just imagine how much more we can achieve when we join forces with other women and become a powerful influence

Membership Director’s March 2023 Message

Did You Know…? As we visit women’s groups across the UK, we are aware many women do not know about the work of Soroptimists in our Federation and across the globe! Here we talk about just one area of our work. This is about our flagship project, Stop Violence against Women and Girls… We gathered

World Day of Social Justice

The commitment to writing a blog provides the opportunity to read around topics which in the normal course of our lives we just take for granted. As a Soroptimist, I have learned the benefit of working with others for social development and, in particular, for the benefit of women and girls. That is, Social Justice