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World Humanitarian Day – 19 August 2020

World Humanitarian Day is marked by the UN to “celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity”. The UN asks members states and the global community at large to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to rally support for people affected by crises around the world. In 2009, the United

SIGBI Belfast Virtual Conference 2020

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to hold our usual Federation Conference, which would have seen over 1,000 Members from all over the world meeting up in Belfast in October 2020. Instead, we are holding a Virtual Conference over two days, 30-31 October 2020 13.30-17.00 GMT both days. This is an exciting development

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President Isobel’s August 2020 Message

I attended the 4 days of the Soroptimist International Board Meeting from Monday 27th July to Thursday the 30th July. Or rather the 4 nights as BST meant I started at 19.00 and the earliest finish was 00.30 the next day! Bette Levy, our UN Representative in New York, presented on a number of issues

Programme Director’s August 2020 Message

Gender Balance/Equity Gender balance refers to “an equitable distribution of life’s opportunities and resources between women and men, and/or the equal representation of women and men.” Given the differences between men and women, equal treatment may not always result in equal outcomes and so the concept of gender equity, referring to fairness of treatment for

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons – 30 July 2020 (Carol Infanti)

What is United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons? 30 July is United Nations World Day against Trafficking in Persons, established to raise awareness of the plight of human trafficking victims and promote and protect their rights. More than 20 million people living today around the world have been trafficked either for sexual exploitation

SIGBI Virtual Conference 2020 – Register Now

I am delighted to invite you to attend the 86th Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland Conference which will be broadcast from Belfast on the afternoons of 30th – 31st October 2020. For the first time, this will be a virtual conference, which you can view from your own home. We would be delighted to

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President Isobel’s July 2020 Message

Hello everyone, What activity does July bring? July heralds our Soroptimist Day of Action and our theme this year is ‘Stay Connected.’  This seems the most relevant activity to celebrate on the 18th July as staying connected has never been so important in the face of this pandemic.   There is a toolkit for this campaign

Soroptimists in Esperance Trinidad and their Comfort Hampers, responding to COVID-19

Programme Director’s July 2020 Message

How is COVID-19 impacting on SDG2 Zero Hunger and SDG3 Good Health and Well-being? A blog by the Assistant Programme Director for People, Yvonne Gibbon. SDG 2 Before the pandemic, more than 820 million people regularly went to bed hungry. 135 million of those suffer from acute hunger largely due man-made conflicts, climate change and