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Open letter to UN Open-Ended Working Party of Ageing

Both Soroptimist International and Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) have signed an Open Letter to the United Nations General Assembly’s Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing for the Purpose of Strengthening the Protection of the Human Rights of Older Persons (OEWGA). Frances Zainoeddin, SI UN Representative in New York, is the vice chairman of

The Situation in Afghanistan

Statement from UN Women – 9 September 2021 Executive Director a.i. of UN Women, Pramila Patten, stands in solidarity with Afghan women who are fighting for the respect of their fundamental rights and freedoms “Women have a right to peaceful protest and to a life free of violence.  In taking control of Afghanistan the Taliban

Global Voice August 2021

The August 2021  issue of Global Voice is now available. This issue features an invitation to register for the 100 year Celebration Event, to be held virtually 1-3 October 2021, the SI Annual Report 2020, SI Advocacy and News, and much more. Global Voice is a publication by Soroptimist International.

August 2021 Soroptmist News Out Now

The August 2021 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

Floods in Europe

Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) is horrified to see the devastation caused by the floods in Europe, particularly in Germany and Belgium. We send our thoughts and best wishes to our Soroptimist sisters living in the affected areas. If any SIGBI Members wish to offer their support to the rebuilding operation, they should

Launch of Soroptimist International’s HLPF 2021 Report

Soroptimist International is delighted to announce the launch of its 2021 High-level Political Forum report, “Confronting Inequalities: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals During the COVID-19 Pandemic”. This year, the report focuses on how to sustainably respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic while addressing the inequalities which create fundamental barriers to realising sustainable development. Crucially,

SIGBI Day of Action – 17 July 2021

This year action, awareness raising and advocacy are of great significance. We need to raise our own profile but, more importantly, the issues around addressing climate change for succeeding generations as well as ourselves. Although climate change is often on the news at present there seems to be little awareness that we, as individuals, can


International Women in Engineering Day is celebrated annually on 23rd June. This year’s theme is Engineering Heroes (#IWED21), enabling us to celebrate the amazing achievements of women globally and demonstrate that WOMEN can indeed ENGINEER the WORLD. So, let’s have a brief look at the accomplishments of some of these women engineering heroes, both in

SIGBI President Johanna M Raffan MBE

It is with great sadness that we announce that President Johanna M Raffan MBE passed away on 15 June 2021. Our thoughts are with Johanna’s family at this very sad time. If anyone wishes to send a card, then please send it to SIGBI HQ who will collate them to forward to Johanna’s family at