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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

The Role Of Women In The Universal Declaration Of Human Rights

Did you know that December 10th was Human Rights Day? Marked annually since 1950, Human Rights Day commemorates the day that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, on the 10th of December 1948. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was the first document of its kind, setting out a

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

Human Rights Day – 10 December

On 10th December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), to which all human beings are entitled regardless of race, colour, religion, sex language, political or other opinion, national or social original, property birth or other status. The document has been translated into more than 500 languages and

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery – 2 December 2020

What is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery? The International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, 2 December, marks the date of the adoption, by the General Assembly, of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others (resolution 317(IV) of 2

Programme Director’s December 2020 Message

The announcements about COP 26 are beginning to come through apace with information and announcements about the developing event. Many of us are engaged already in activities relevant to this agenda. See our centenary pages for some relevant information about activities and ideas on how to participate in this, our centenary year. Climate change, together

President’s Message December 2020

I am delighted that Chevonne is writing the President’s Blog this month, throughout the year you will have the opportunity of hearing from all the members of the Board.   It is my absolute honour and pleasure to serve you for the next two years as the Director of Membership. One of my main attractions