SI President Elect 2020-2021

Congratulations to Maureen Maguire, a member of our Portadown Club, who has been elected as Soroptimist International President Elect, to take office on 1 July 2020. Maureen will be SI President from 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2023. President Isobel Smith says, “SIGBI is delighted to have elected Maureen Maguire as the next Soroptimist

President’s Message May 2020

Hello, Since the World Health Organisation officially declared the Covid19 a pandemic on 11 March, life has changed beyond all recognition.  The news from around the world and the daily toll of cases and deaths reminds us why the measures now in place are so important. The shutdown has caused immeasurable pain in jobs lost,

UN Building

Programme Director’s Message May 2020

The UN at 75- and the voices of Women These are disturbing times – in every sort of way – humankind is faced with the uncertainty of what is the new normal, for normal has become variable. In this uncertain time, an institution – the United Nations that was meant to be a harbinger of

President’s April 2020 Message

Hello So much has happened due to coronavirus (COVID-19) and so much has not happened this month.   We are in social isolation.  The experience of this is different for us all.  Many of us live on our own, many of us are in the ‘at risk’ category and some of us are in the shielded

Sustainable Developments Goals map

Programme Director’s April 2020 Message

Commission on the Status of Women 2020 (CSW64) I am sure you are all aware that CSW64 was cancelled due to the threat of Corona Virus and the dangers of having 11,000 community delegates in New York together with government delegations and UN staff. We were all very disappointed and somewhat disbelieving but subsequent developments


Coronavirus – How to prevent the spread

We know that Soroptimists love to travel, so before you do spend a few minutes checking the WHO Website for the latest advice on how to protect yourselves and others from contracting COVID-19), and which travel destinations should be avoided: WHO Website

We Stand Up For Women

SIGBI President’s March 2020 Blog

Well March has arrived and we are a quarter of the way into our Federation year, 2019 to 2020, and the implementation of our plans to increase our voice and visibility. There are some key activities that we have been planning for many months, one of which is our attendance at the sixty-fourth session of

SIGBI Programme Director – March 2020

Building resilience and sustainability We are seeing the signs of climate change; the availability of essential resources like drinking water, energy and agricultural production and more natural disasters. Women and girls are 14 time more likely to die in a disaster than men, according to a leaflet by ActionAid. If resilience is about coping with