President’s May 2021 Message

  Blog written by Ruth Healey, Director of Finance.   ‘Every mention of Soroptimism brings the inevitable question from the uninitiated …..”Yes, but what does Soroptimism do?” It can be said with confidence that wherever help is needed in the future the service of Soroptimism will follow just as surely.’   These are the opening

New SIGBI statue at the National Memorial Arboretum

We are delighted to let you know that our new statue at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, UK has now been installed. The COVID-19 pandemic meant that the original event, planned for November 2020, could not go ahead, so a low-key installation attended by 4 members took place. However, when restrictions in the UK

World Day for Safety and Health at Work

Anticipate, Prepare and Respond If the Covid-19 Pandemic has taught us anything it should have taught us to ‘Anticipate, prepare and respond to crises’. This is the theme for the 2021 World Day for Safety and Health at Work. Investing time, whether at home or at work, preparing for a crisis is never wasted. The

Earth Day 2021

“I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree”                                                                                                Joyce Kilmer 22nd April, Earth Day! The very name conjures up a picture of serenity. Tall, robust trees, luxuriant undergrowth, streams, rivers and lakes and thriving native biodiversity…birds and animals creating an orchestra of forest music. Restore Our Earth

SI Position on withdrawal of countries from the Istanbul Convention

Since 1921, Soroptimist International (SI) has been founded on the principles of human rights, social and economic justice, equality, peace, and international goodwill to transform the lives of girls and women of all ages, through our international partnerships, and our global network of members. SI is a worldwide volunteer organisation for women, in 3000 communities

Launching our Centenary Video

It’s our Centenary year! What an amazing accomplishment! How do we even begin to reflect on the last 100 years? Many of us may not even know where to begin. However, one thing we can all agree on is that this is surely worth a celebration, and to do so we are launching a Centenary

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