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

World Environment Day

Restoring ecosystems means protecting their biodiversity and helping them to deliver benefits for people and nature. It means using ecosystems on land and in the oceans in ways that strengthen their natural resources and processes. Actions for restoration can also mean preventing degradation or reducing its extent. “The world is reaching the tipping point beyond

International Day of UN Peacekeepers

The “International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers“, May 29, is an international day to pay tribute to all the men and women who have served and continue to serve in United Nations peacekeeping operations for their high level of professionalism, dedication, and courage and to honour the memory of those who have lost their lives in the cause of peace The theme

Soroptimist International’s 100 Year Birthday Event

SI President Sharon Fisher personally invites you to the Soroptimist International 100th Birthday Event. “This October, Soroptimist International turns 100, and I would like to invite you all to a virtual global birthday celebration!  This year we have the once in a lifetime opportunity to join together to celebrate – reflecting on our Bright Past as a Global Voice for Women whilst

Donation to WHO COVID 19 Response Fund

Last year, our Emergency Relief Fund made a donation of £1,000 to the WHO Covid 19 Solidarity Response Fund and has now chosen to continue its support of the Fund by donating a further $3,000, which was made on 20 May 2021. The Covid 19 Solidarity Response Fund is the most appropriate organisation to determine

May 2021 issue of Soroptimist News out now

The May 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

International Day of Families

Families and New Technologies “Family is the basic and most important institution of society.” The United Nations General Assembly in 1993 recognised the importance of having a basic family system within the role of social development globally, and has, since 1994 observed the 15th May as International Family Day. Who is in your family? I

SIGBI Donates £1,000 to the Red Cross for the crisis in India

Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) Ltd has donated £1,000 to the Red Cross to help with the Coronavirus crisis. In response to the latest wave, over 46,000 Red Cross staff and volunteers across 550 districts in India are supporting Covid-19 response efforts. They are providing vital oxygen supplies, ambulance services, first aid, medical

Membership Director’s May 2021 message

It’s the start of Membership Month! This is the month in the Soroptimist Calendar where we usually turn our attention inward to focus on improving our current membership, and also outward to create opportunities for recruiting new members. While it’s important for us to do this every single month, Membership Month truly gives us a