President’s Message November 2021

Dear Members, Over the last week we have had the pleasure of joining together for SIGBI’s 87th Annual Conference and what an inspiring experience we have had, a fitting end to Soroptimist International’s centenary year! My congratulations and sincere thanks to Conference Chair Anne and all her committee, for all they have achieved despite an

International Day of the Girl Child

International Day of the Girl Child celebrations take place on 11th October every year and this year’s theme is ‘Digital Generation. Our generation’. It is, perhaps, not surprising that this theme has been chosen this year, in light of the acceleration in digital platforms for learning, earning and connecting due to the Corona Virus pandemic. Sadly, some

President’s Message October 2021

Dear members, I hope you have all had an enjoyable summer, although it seemed to pass all too quickly. Here we are already in October and rapidly approaching the end of the centennial year. The celebrations culminate this weekend, when Soroptimists from around the world will gather virtually, to celebrate 100 years of Soroptimist International

Programme Director’s Message – October 2021

Getting The Message Out and Taking Action I am sure we are all aware of the Conference of the Parties 26 (COP26) taking place in Glasgow 1-12 November this year and the crisis facing our world if we do not achieve limiting global warming to 1.5C. But what is happening globally and what can we

International Day of Older Persons 2021

1st October 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons, which was designated by the United Nations General Assembly on 14th December 1990.  The theme for 2021 is ‘Digital Equity for All Ages’ and it confirms the need for access and meaningful participation in the digital world by older persons, whilst

International Literacy Day: Winds of Change

As a person in education for the past 49 years, I have been reflecting on the interpretation of ‘Literacy’ for 2021. I see the winds of change coming and thus see the need to remobilize our efforts to redefine traditional literacy to meet the needs of today. The United Nations has designated September 8th to

Membership Director’s Message – September 2021

Very often when we reflect on ourselves as an Organization, we are tempted to focus on and highlight the many things that may not be working or areas that we can improve. While that is extremely important in order to help us progress and move forward, it is equally important that we celebrate the many

President’s Message – September 2021

Dear Members, I hope you have all had a lovely summer break and enjoyed being able to meet up with family and friends again. Having finally been able to experience our newly found freedom after what feels to be such a long time, our thoughts must go to the people of Afghanistan. So many have

International Day of Charity

There could be no better time to recognise and celebrate the enormous value that charities, civil society organisations and volunteers have brought to the world over the past year during the pandemic, charities and community groups are integral to the healthy functioning of our society. International Day of Charity seeks to enhance social responsibility and