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United Kingdom ratifies the Istanbul Convention

The United Kingdom has ratified the Istanbul Convention (Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence), and it comes into force in the UK on 1 November 2022. The UK is the 37th state to ratify the convention but, sadly, has made a reservation limiting the rights of migrant

Soroptimist International’s Global Voice Newsletter

The latest issue of Global Voice brings you some of the highlights from an action-packed Commission on the Status of Women. SI Advisor to Advocacy, Beverly Bucur, takes a closer look at women and the environment, and we begin the countdown to the SI Convention in Dublin, Ireland in 2023. Read Global Voice  

Soroptimist News May 2022 – out now!

The May 2022 issue of Soroptimist News is out now. You can view it as a Page-Turner for PCs or download the App for Mobile Devices. We have created an Easy Guide to installing and using the App. Download it now to get the most out of the App: Easy Guide to installing and using

Crisis in Ukraine

Newsletters from Soroptimists in Switzerland Ukrainian refugees have started to arrive in Switzerland, and the Swiss Union of Soroptimist Clubs have been issuing newsletters to inform how they are pulling together to help the refugees: Newsletter No 2 Newsletter No 4 Update 7 April 2022 Read this statement from UN Women, released 7 April 2022:

Commission on the Status of Women – 14-25 March 2022

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 66 - https://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw66-2022 - begins on 14 March. Again, this year it is a virtual event, but Soroptimist International (SI) and Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) will have the opportunity to influence UN Policy and contribute to the Agreed Conclusions. Priority theme: Achieving gender equality and

February 2022 issue of Soroptimist News out now

The February 2022 issue of Soroptimist News is out now. You can view it as a Page-Turner for PCs or download the App for Mobile Devices. The main features in this issue include: What Soroptimists are doing towards achieving Peace throughout the world; How Prosperity is affected by an aging population; Interviews with “ordinary” Members;

Anne Ainsworth – past International and Federation Treasurer

It is with great sadness that I must announce that Anne Ainsworth passed away peacefully yesterday, 10 February 2022. Anne, a lifelong Soroptimist, was very much admired and respected and will be greatly missed by all who knew her, both as a friend and a colleague. Anne was born in Norfolk and at the age

Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland  would like to send our congratulations to HM The Queen on her Platinum Jubilee. Today marks 70 years since The Queen’s accession to the throne. We are delighted that Her Majesty’s Green Canopy project, to mark the Platinum Jubilee, mirrors our own Plant Trees project. To date we have

Comission for Social Development Statement – January 2022

In addition to the Convention to End all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), SIGBI has access to the Commission for Social Development (CSocD) through Soroptimist International (SI). SIGBI has co-signed a recent submission to CSocD from the NGO Committee on Social Development, which advocates for