International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace

As the war in the Ukraine continues to rage, countries across the globe are continuing to call for peace. Today, we mark the International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace which is celebrated annually on 24 April and it seeks to reaffirm the UN Charter and its principles of resolving disputes among countries through

Kay Richmond, SIGBI Programme Director

Programme Director’s Message April 2022

Home – where is that? A key question for us as we move forward is ‘where is home’? As soroptimists we have been conscious of and advocated against the migration and trafficking of women for many years. Stimulae for this mass movement have been poverty, conflict, climate change, Covid and, currently, the war in Ukraine.

Crisis in Ukraine

Newsletters from Soroptimists in Switzerland Ukrainian refugees have started to arrive in Switzerland, and the Swiss Union of Soroptimist Clubs have been issuing newsletters to inform how they are pulling together to help the refugees: Newsletter No 2 Newsletter No 4 Update 7 April 2022 Read this statement from UN Women, released 7 April 2022:

World Water Day

“Water is life and in order to save life on our planet, we need to first save water.”                  Warm wishes on the occasion of World Water Day to all World Water Day, held on March 22nd every year since 1993, celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2 billion people living without access to

Commission on the Status of Women – 14-25 March 2022

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 66 - https://www.unwomen.org/en/csw/csw66-2022 - begins on 14 March. Again, this year it is a virtual event, but Soroptimist International (SI) and Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) will have the opportunity to influence UN Policy and contribute to the Agreed Conclusions. Priority theme: Achieving gender equality and

International Women’s Day 8 March 2022 #BreakTheBias #IWD2022

International Women’s Day this year will be focusing on ‘Gender Equality today for a sustainable tomorrow’ with the theme of #BreakTheBias. International days are occasions to educate the general public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. International Women’s Day

President’s Message March 2022

Dear Members, As we celebrate International Women’s Day, our thoughts must turn to the terrifying situation in Ukraine. Tens of thousands of women and children have fled, separated from their men folk and leaving behind their homes, to seek shelter in neighbouring countries. So far, most of the Refugees have arrived in Poland, with the

Membership Director’s Message March 2022

For many countries within our Federation, the season of Spring will soon be upon us. Spring usually represents a period of new growth, hope and fresh possibilities. As we look around us, we can see what may appear to be gradual but still small bits of hope. We see the worldwide loosening of restrictions as