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Isobel Smith, SIGBI President 2019-2020

President’s Message October 2020

Hello, I felt in good company the other day. I was thinking about this being my last month as SIGBI Federation President and all the achievements we have had over this last 11 months when Radio 4’s Women’s Hour came on and it was presenter Jenni Murray saying “Goodbye” after 33 years with the programme.

Programme Director’s October 2020 Message

International Day of Older Persons 1st October 2020 2020 is the year of anniversaries for the UN and includes 30 years for the International Day of Older Persons (UNIDOP). It also marks the introduction of the Decade of Healthy Ageing (2020-2030). Why is this important? Why is this group singled out for attention? How does

Why Does World Contraception Day Matter To Women?

Did you know that Saturday 26th September marks World Contraception Day? Despite the fact that contraception has been around for as long as humans have been having sex, it’s unfortunately still seen as a controversial and contentious subject. Even in 2020, simply talking about contraception can be regarded as a subversive act in some cultures,

International Literacy Day – 8 September 2020

What is International Literacy Day? Every year, September 8th marks UNESCO’s International Literacy day (ILD), which aims to raise awareness globally on the issues surrounding adult and child literacy. Unfortunately, despite progress made, literacy challenges persist with an estimated 750 million youth and adults worldwide who have still not achieved basic literacy; two-thirds of them are

New Soroptimist Club – SI Purba Bardhaman

On the 5th of September 2020, Soroptimists from different parts of the globe came together on the Zoom platform to witness the Chartering of the 15th SI Club in India. The new club called Soroptimist International of Purba Bardhaman was chartered by SIGBI President Isobel Smith. SIGBI Board members Kay Richmond, Shirley Jones and Janine
Isobel Smith, SIGBI President 2019-2020

President Isobel’s September 2020 Message

Celebrate the Good Things The last few months have challenged many of us in ways we could not have dreamed of at the start of the year. Taking time to reflect and recognise the testing challenges we have met and overcome during the pandemic can assist us in getting things into perspective and arm us

Programme Director’s September 2020 Message – Prosperity

What does ‘Eat out to help out in August’ have in common with Sustainable Development Goals? It has never been more important to focus on the Prosperity Sustainable Development Goals Affordable and clean energy (SDG7) Good jobs and economic growth (SDG8) Innovation and infrastructure (SDG9) Reduced in equalities (SDG10) and Sustainable cities and communities (SDG11)

Soroptimist Day of Action – 18 July 2020

See what our Members got up to on our annual Soroptimist Day of Action, which this year was on 18 July 2020, by watching the short video below. If this whet’s your appetite, and you are interested in finding out more, then email sally@sigbi.org. Check the Club Finder to see if there is a Club

August 2020 Soroptimist News out now

The August 2020 issue of Soroptimist News is out now. You can view it as a Page-Turner for PCs or download the App for Mobile Devices. This issue focusses on the planet and partnerships. How can we help the planet recover and build back better? Is the COVID-19 pandemic a result of our neglect of