International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

9th AUGUST commemorates the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. It marks the date of the inaugural session of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations at the United Nations in 1982. This year’s theme is Leaving No One Behind: Indigenous peoples and the call for a new social contract.   Who are Indigenous People?

Programme Director’s August 2021 Message

The cost of caring During the last year the difference between ‘the haves’ and ‘the have nots’ has become more apparent to all, and the gap is widening. We cannot allow this to continue whether we consider our own country alone or take the wider world view. Until the world is vaccinated no-one can assume

International Day of Friendship

When I think of Soroptimist, I not only think of women inspiring action but also women inspiring love to transform lives around the globe. And what is serving if not a mix of love and compassion? It is a beautiful experience to give love and kindness while helping those in need but also it is,

Floods in Europe

Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) is horrified to see the devastation caused by the floods in Europe, particularly in Germany and Belgium. We send our thoughts and best wishes to our Soroptimist sisters living in the affected areas. If any SIGBI Members wish to offer their support to the rebuilding operation, they should

Launch of Soroptimist International’s HLPF 2021 Report

Soroptimist International is delighted to announce the launch of its 2021 High-level Political Forum report, “Confronting Inequalities: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals During the COVID-19 Pandemic”. This year, the report focuses on how to sustainably respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic while addressing the inequalities which create fundamental barriers to realising sustainable development. Crucially,

SIGBI Day of Action – 17 July 2021

This year action, awareness raising and advocacy are of great significance. We need to raise our own profile but, more importantly, the issues around addressing climate change for succeeding generations as well as ourselves. Although climate change is often on the news at present there seems to be little awareness that we, as individuals, can

President’s July 2021 Message

It is with much sadness that I am writing this in the knowledge that President Johanna is no longer with us. I would like to thank everyone for all their messages of condolence and kind thoughts in support of Johanna’s family and the SIGBI Board. My apologies if inadvertently I have not personally responded. I

Membership Director’s July 2021 Message

In her May blog for Membership Month, Membership Director Chevonne, posed the question, “Why am I a Soroptimist” and I want to continue along this theme. Ladies think back and ask yourself the following: How did I learn about Soroptimist International? Who introduced me? Why did I join? Why do I stay? For some of


International Women in Engineering Day is celebrated annually on 23rd June. This year’s theme is Engineering Heroes (#IWED21), enabling us to celebrate the amazing achievements of women globally and demonstrate that WOMEN can indeed ENGINEER the WORLD. So, let’s have a brief look at the accomplishments of some of these women engineering heroes, both in