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

Programme Director’s April 2021 Message

A momentous two weeks For two weeks towards the end of March some of us traipsed off to New York – virtually, of course! This meant that we had 8 times as many delegates as usual at the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Those registered only for the NGOCSW parallel events, outside

President’s April 2021 Message

What an amazing two week trip to New York!  The chance to join 25,000 women from around the world to discuss all issues pertaining to Women and Girls.  Normally SIGBI would have had a delegation of 16 but because the whole of the United Nations – Commission on the Status of Women was virtual we

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