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

Human Rights Day

As we approach the end of the year and start to reflect on the main issues the world has faced during the past twelve months, observing Human Rights Day gives us the opportunity to consider those which have had the greatest impact on us. The UN theme for Human Rights Day this year is ‘Equality

Programme Director’s December 2021 Message

Climate Action – what now? Reflections on FPAC and conference Well, climate change is definately flavour of the month! We have had a ‘tour de force’, starting with the FPAC, then conference topped off with attendance at COP26 (in the Green Zone). But what now? Avani set us an excellent example starting with the damage

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Preparing this blog has been a personal learning journey for me. I have friends who are disabled and to be honest, I rarely notice their disabilities – they are friends and neighbours, part of my local community, known to me by their name. Now, this is a positive thing, I believe. However, it is also

UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

I heard of a police officer interviewing a woman who was complaining of being raped and remembered waking up to find she was having sex with a stranger. “Do you remember giving consent?” he asked. “No, I don’t remember much about anything” was the reply. “Well then, you could have consented,” How do we assess

UN Day of Tolerance

“Non-violence is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart, and it must be an inseparable part of our being” – Mahatma Gandhi International Day of Tolerance on November 16th is a great opportunity for you to think back to the last time you had a different

Membership Director’s Message November 2021

We all spent the last couple days in the beautiful area of Llandundo, and what we fabulous time we all had! This year’s conference, despite being another virtual conference, brought a renewed sense of inspiration and passion for Soroptimism and the work which we do. I am very sure we all missed attending a physical

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