Programme Director’s Message – October 2021

Getting The Message Out and Taking Action I am sure we are all aware of the Conference of the Parties 26 (COP26) taking place in Glasgow 1-12 November this year and the crisis facing our world if we do not achieve limiting global warming to 1.5C. But what is happening globally and what can we

International Day of Older Persons 2021

1st October 2021 marks the 30th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons, which was designated by the United Nations General Assembly on 14th December 1990.  The theme for 2021 is ‘Digital Equity for All Ages’ and it confirms the need for access and meaningful participation in the digital world by older persons, whilst

Open letter to UN Open-Ended Working Party of Ageing

Both Soroptimist International and Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) have signed an Open Letter to the United Nations General Assembly’s Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing for the Purpose of Strengthening the Protection of the Human Rights of Older Persons (OEWGA). Frances Zainoeddin, SI UN Representative in New York, is the vice chairman of

The Situation in Afghanistan

Statement from UN Women – 9 September 2021 Executive Director a.i. of UN Women, Pramila Patten, stands in solidarity with Afghan women who are fighting for the respect of their fundamental rights and freedoms “Women have a right to peaceful protest and to a life free of violence.  In taking control of Afghanistan the Taliban

International Literacy Day: Winds of Change

As a person in education for the past 49 years, I have been reflecting on the interpretation of ‘Literacy’ for 2021. I see the winds of change coming and thus see the need to remobilize our efforts to redefine traditional literacy to meet the needs of today. The United Nations has designated September 8th to

Membership Director’s Message – September 2021

Very often when we reflect on ourselves as an Organization, we are tempted to focus on and highlight the many things that may not be working or areas that we can improve. While that is extremely important in order to help us progress and move forward, it is equally important that we celebrate the many

President’s Message – September 2021

Dear Members, I hope you have all had a lovely summer break and enjoyed being able to meet up with family and friends again. Having finally been able to experience our newly found freedom after what feels to be such a long time, our thoughts must go to the people of Afghanistan. So many have

International Day of Charity

There could be no better time to recognise and celebrate the enormous value that charities, civil society organisations and volunteers have brought to the world over the past year during the pandemic, charities and community groups are integral to the healthy functioning of our society. International Day of Charity seeks to enhance social responsibility and

Global Voice August 2021

The August 2021  issue of Global Voice is now available. This issue features an invitation to register for the 100 year Celebration Event, to be held virtually 1-3 October 2021, the SI Annual Report 2020, SI Advocacy and News, and much more. Global Voice is a publication by Soroptimist International.