International Day of the Girl Child – 11 October 2022

11 October is the 10th anniversary of the International Day of the Girl Child. International days give us an opportunity to educate our members and the public on issues of concern. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool, so let

Programme Director’s October 2022 Message

Reflections and Reactions As I prepare to leave office, after 4 years, looking back helps to move forward – advice from Churchill and Queen Elizabeth II. During my first year we were looking at projects through the lenses of Advocacy, Economic Empowerment, Education, Environment, Healthcare and Violence Against Women (VAW). At the same time the

International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste

When I was given this topic for my blog about 7 -8 months ago, I had no idea that this will become so meaningful and important for me and my country. It was always an important topic, and awareness about it was needed internationally – but that it will play in front of my eyes

International Day of Democracy

On 15th September, International Day of Democracy is observed across the world. Ever since it was introduced by Cleisthenes in 5th century BC in Athens, Greece, common citizens, and kratos: power, rule) has always meant a system of government where the citizens exercise power by voting. We always assume that all of us know what Democracy stands

Floods in Pakistan

Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) is very saddened and concerned about the devastating floods in Pakistan which have affected the lives of 33,000 people and killed over 1,400. We have sent a donation of £2,000 to one of our Members in Pakistan. Talat is involved with Connect, a not-for-profit organisation working in Pakistan,

Membership Director’s September 2022 Message

Mindset is defined as the established set of attitudes held by someone and has become an area of great discussion in recent times. There is a lot of literature on not only defining mindset, but also on the concept of having a mindset of growth and ways in which this can be developed. The idea

Her Majesty The Queen

Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland is deeply saddened to learn that Her Majesty the Queen has passed away this afternoon. Her Majesty has reigned for 70 years and has been a part of all our lives. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this sad time. Please note that SIGBI HQ will be

SIGBI President’s September 2022 Message

Dear Members I hope you have all enjoyed your summer break and remained safe and well. The weather has been glorious but brought its own problems with the shortage of water, closely followed by thunderstorms which caused flash flooding. Now as we approach the autumn equinox on 23 September, there is an autumnal feel in

World Humanitarian Day

This day was designated in memory of the 19 August 2003 bomb attack on the Canal Hotel in Baghdad, Iraq, which killed  twenty-two people, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello. In 2009, the UN General Assembly formalised the day as ‘World Humanitarian Day’ to raise awareness of