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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2020

“Acting together to achieve social and environmental justice for all”   The theme for 2020 The theme for the Day this year addresses the challenge of achieving social and environmental justice for all. The growing recognition of the multi-dimensional aspect of poverty means that these two issues are inseparably linked and that social justice cannot

World Habitat Day

The United Nations (UN) World Habitat day is annually celebrated on the first Monday of October to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape

Why Does World Contraception Day Matter To Women?

Did you know that Saturday 26th September marks World Contraception Day? Despite the fact that contraception has been around for as long as humans have been having sex, it’s unfortunately still seen as a controversial and contentious subject. Even in 2020, simply talking about contraception can be regarded as a subversive act in some cultures,

International Literacy Day – 8 September 2020

What is International Literacy Day? Every year, September 8th marks UNESCO’s International Literacy day (ILD), which aims to raise awareness globally on the issues surrounding adult and child literacy. Unfortunately, despite progress made, literacy challenges persist with an estimated 750 million youth and adults worldwide who have still not achieved basic literacy; two-thirds of them are

New Soroptimist Club – SI Purba Bardhaman

On the 5th of September 2020, Soroptimists from different parts of the globe came together on the Zoom platform to witness the Chartering of the 15th SI Club in India. The new club called Soroptimist International of Purba Bardhaman was chartered by SIGBI President Isobel Smith. SIGBI Board members Kay Richmond, Shirley Jones and Janine

Soroptimist Day of Action – 18 July 2020

See what our Members got up to on our annual Soroptimist Day of Action, which this year was on 18 July 2020, by watching the short video below. If this whet’s your appetite, and you are interested in finding out more, then email sally@sigbi.org. Check the Club Finder to see if there is a Club

August 2020 Soroptimist News out now

The August 2020 issue of Soroptimist News is out now. You can view it as a Page-Turner for PCs or download the App for Mobile Devices. This issue focusses on the planet and partnerships. How can we help the planet recover and build back better? Is the COVID-19 pandemic a result of our neglect of

World Humanitarian Day – 19 August 2020

World Humanitarian Day is marked by the UN to “celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity”. The UN asks members states and the global community at large to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. In 2009, the United

SIGBI Belfast Virtual Conference 2020

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to hold our usual Federation Conference, which would have seen over 1,000 Members from all over the world meeting up in Belfast in October 2020. Instead, we are holding a Virtual Conference over two days, 30-31 October 2020 13.30-17.00 GMT both days. This is an exciting development