Specialist Domestic Abuse Courts – How Special Are They?

In 2017 Dame Vera Baird KC, then the Police and Crime Commissioner for the area, initiated a unique partnership between SIGBI and criminal justice partners in Northumbria. She engaged local Soroptimists in an observation project in which they watched over 220 sessions of the Specialist Domestic Violence Courts (now Specialist Domestic Abuse Courts), answering a

World Environment Day 2023- Let’s End Plastic Pollution Today

Blog by Debra Joseph- SI Barbados. World Environment Day, led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is held annually on 5 June since 1973. It is the largest global platform for environmental public outreach and is celebrated by millions of people across the world. This year makes it 50 years since its establishment! Time is

UN Day of Peacekeepers – 29 May, 2023

Blog by Mary Hession, SI Drogheda, Republic of Ireland #Peace begins with me The United Nations Day for Peacekeepers is designated to pay tribute to all the people who have served and continue to serve in UN peacekeeping operations throughout the world. This year, 29th May will have particular significance for us, here in Ireland. 

Congratulations to King Charles III and Queen Camilla on their Coronation

On behalf of all members of Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland Limited, we would like to congratulate King Charles III and Queen Camilla on their coronation on 6 May 2023.  Soroptimists will be participating in The Big Help Out initiative, a fantastic way to encourage volunteering and build community spirit. Why don’t you join

SIGBI President’s May 2023 Message

Dear Members, When the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were announced in 2015, there was enormous optimism throughout the world, that much could be achieved by the 2030 target. We are now more than halfway through the allotted time span and there is still a great deal to be accomplished. At the opening last month

Membership Director’s May 2023 Message

I’m still singing the praises of LinkedIn as a tool to recruit to Soroptimist International. Through it, I am connected to Dr Rupinder Kaur who lives in Pune, India.  She is an Executive Coach, Inclusion Strategist and a Veteran. I follow her blogs and this week she posted a blog that struck a chord with

Food Waste Day 2023

Blog by Nichola Balmer, SI Lichfield and UKPAC Environment Group Lead I’ve spent the last couple of years as a volunteer Ambassador for Waste Savvy Staffs in a programme run by Garden Organic on behalf of Staffordshire County Council, England. It’s been a really interesting experience. I’ve given talks about waste reduction to a range

Inside CCDO’s Women’s Empowerment Programme in Siem Reap, Cambodia

For well over a year now, Soroptimist International (SI) has been partnered with the Cambodian Community Dream Organisation (CCDO) as part of the current SI President’s Appeal, ‘Opening Doors to a Bright Future’. The primary focus of this project has been to deliver education and learning throughout the life course of women and girls living