UK NGO CSW Alliance Statement on Istanbul Convention

SIGBI and UKPAC are members of this alliance. The UK has signed but not yet ratified the Istanbul Convention. UKPAC continues to lobby for this to be done. We stand with women in Turkey regarding the convention. Please continue to raise our voices with both the UK Government and internationally.” Read the full statement here

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Statement on Abuse of Women of Asian descent

The countries in the UN are grouped into regions. SI and SIGBI belong in the North America and European (NA&E) group – both our HQs are in the UK. Each region draws up a statement on CSW for the UN – after discussion, negotiation and agreement by our representatives. Here is the one for CSW65.

Violence against Women and Girls

Spotlights have been shone on this area of concern in recent days and weeks, but it is not new. The latest headlines in the UK have focused on the death of Sarah Everard but contemporary deaths elsewhere are also being highlighted. From the UK to Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen, Africa, China, Asian Subcontinent, the Caribbean and

Forest restoration: a path to recovery and well-being

The world’s forests are a shared stolen treasure that we must put back for our children’s future. Roosevelt called them “The lungs of the Earth,” Robert Frost and millions of poets were inspired by them, and Sting is fighting to save them. We’re talking about forests. And celebrities aren’t the only ones who feel a

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Commission on the Status of Women 65 – Read our blogs

Recordings of sessions from CSW65 are available on the UN Women website: UN Women - available recordings of CSW65 sessions About CSW65 and our SIGBI Blogs The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 65 took place from 15-26 March 2021. Over 100 Soroptimists from Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) registered to attend

International Women’s Day – 8 March 2021

What is International Women’s Day? International Women’s Day is celebrated all around the world on March 8th. The United Nations first celebrated International Women’s Day in 1975, but its roots were developing from the turn of the century. It is now supported globally by governments and non-governmental organisations, for profit and non-profit organisations, professional and community

Fairtrade Fortnight 2021  – 22 February to 7 March 2021 – Focus on climate and livelihood

The climate crisis is an immediate and ever-increasing threat to the livelihoods of farmers and workers across the world, from deforestation and changing weather patterns to rising temperatures water scarcity and contamination. Despite contributing the least to the climate crisis, smallholders in developing countries are disproportionately affected and have fewer resources to adapt to changes

February 2021 issue of Soroptimist News out now

Soroptimist News is our in-house magazine. Published quarterly, and packed with information about Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland Projects and Club Projects, it is available as an App and a Page-Turner. Previous issues are available by following the links below:   The February 2021 issue of Soroptimist News is out now. You can view

NGO Social Development Committee Civil Society Declaration

Kay Richmond, Programme Director, has added her signature to the Civil Society Declaration from the United Nations (UN) Social Development Committee on behalf of Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI). To find out more about the Social Development Committee, visit the UN Website. The full declaration can be read at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GTOhXDID1vngNKpGh5tgRjtDEdAJBEAy/view The Call for