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 The Call for

Letter to UK COP 26 Leadership Team

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1 – 12 November 2021. Kay Richmond, Programme Director, has added her signature to the following letter, written by  #shechangesclimate, on behalf of Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland, ahead of the Conference: The Rt Hon Boris Johnson

Why care about Women in Science?

As the International Day of Women in Science approaches on 11 February, should we really be bothered? As a Soroptimist I participated in a STEM Challenge for Girls project in 2018 only to be horrified by the reaction of a 15 year old participant. She had been told – by a teacher – that girls

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

What is FGM? International Day of Zero tolerance for FGM is on 6th Feb and the UN is striving to eradicate the practice by 2030. The rate is falling but 3 million girls worldwide are still at risk annually. Soroptimists are working in multiple ways to tackle FGM and the words Educate, Empower, Enable are so

International Day of Education

Education is a human right, a public good and a public responsibility. January 24th 2019 was designated as the International Day of Education by the United Nations in celebration of the role education plays in promoting and supporting peace and development. The UN recognised that without inclusive and equitable high-quality education and lifelong opportunities for

Let’s have a Soroptimist Centenary Party

Everyone loves a celebration. Soroptimists love a reason for a party – after all fun, food and friendship are part of our lives. 2021 gives us a very special reason for celebrating for a whole year. I hope every Soroptimist by now knows that 2021 is the Centenary Year of Soroptimist International. Around the world

SI Statement to Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 2021

Soroptimist International has submitted the following statement to ECOSOC ahead of the sixty fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Download SI’s Statement as a PDF You can see the list of Soroptimist International’s Where We Stand statements on our website: Our Projects page (scroll down to see the Where We

Creative Earth Art Competition for under 16’s

The UK Government have launched a Creative Earth Art Competition, in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Full details of the competition are at If you are 16 or younger and live in the UK, why not consider entering this competition? Soroptimists, do you know anyone artistic in this age group? Pass it

International Universal Health Coverage Day – 12 December

Figure 1 Building Back Better - what can we do? Now that there is hope on the horizon for ending the pandemic through the emergence of effective vaccines we must seek to ensure that everyone everywhere has access to them. The WHO is seeking to do this through COVAX - the vaccine pillar of