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

Soroptimist News December 2021 – Out Now

The December 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

Scottish Parliament holds Soroptimist Centenary Celebration

Soroptimists in Scotland were delighted that Rona Mackay MSP (Member of the Scottish Parliament) hosted a Soroptimist Centenary reception on Tuesday 07 December 2021. Due to continuing Covid restrictions in Scotland, attendee numbers were limited at 55 which included 32 Soroptimists from Scottish clubs. SI President Elect Maureen, SIGBI President Cathy and President Elect Ruth

16 Days of Activism Videos

All five Soroptimist Federations have produced videos on Violence Against Women to mark the start of the 16 Days of Activism. See the full collection on the Soroptimist International website – https://www.soroptimistinternational.org/16-days-of-activism-against-gender-based-violence/.

Soroptimists at COP26

Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) is taking part in COP26 by having a stand in the Green Room. If you are attending please visit us on at booth 2 in the Green Zone on 8/9 November 2021, and pick up one of our postcards. You can read our story on the COP26 website:


Environmental issues are at the heart of many of our Programme Actions as #Soroptimists, as we follow the Sustainable Development Goals set out by the United Nations. In particular, to celebrate our Centenary year, we have been focussing our efforts on planting trees and improving our environment. To celebrate COP 26, we have put together

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 Europe and North America CSW Caucus – 28 March 2022 We hear from our sisters in Afghanistan and the diaspora with relatives and friends still in Afghanistan, that women are in hiding and door to door searches continue with assassination following a successful hunt. Women who were educated or worked at any senior