Membership Director’s March 2021 Message

One of the first things which you are exposed to and learn when you become is Soroptimist is the Soroptimist Pledge. We may take varying times to eventually learn all of the words, but after sometime it becomes like second nature and we are able to rattle it off without even a second thought. However,

Fairtrade Fortnight 2021  – 22 February to 7 March 2021 – Focus on climate and livelihood

The climate crisis is an immediate and ever-increasing threat to the livelihoods of farmers and workers across the world, from deforestation and changing weather patterns to rising temperatures water scarcity and contamination. Despite contributing the least to the climate crisis, smallholders in developing countries are disproportionately affected and have fewer resources to adapt to changes

February 2021 issue of Soroptimist News out now

Soroptimist News is our in-house magazine. Published quarterly, and packed with information about Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland Projects and Club Projects, it is available as an App and a Page-Turner. Previous issues are available by following the links below:   The February 2021 issue of Soroptimist News is out now. You can view

NGO Social Development Committee Civil Society Declaration

Kay Richmond, Programme Director, has added her signature to the Civil Society Declaration from the United Nations (UN) Social Development Committee on behalf of Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI). To find out more about the Social Development Committee, visit the UN Website. The full declaration can be read at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GTOhXDID1vngNKpGh5tgRjtDEdAJBEAy/view The Call for

Letter to UK COP 26 Leadership Team

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1 – 12 November 2021. Kay Richmond, Programme Director, has added her signature to the following letter, written by  #shechangesclimate, on behalf of Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland, ahead of the Conference: The Rt Hon Boris Johnson

Why care about Women in Science?

As the International Day of Women in Science approaches on 11 February, should we really be bothered? As a Soroptimist I participated in a STEM Challenge for Girls project in 2018 only to be horrified by the reaction of a 15 year old participant. She had been told – by a teacher – that girls

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

What is FGM? International Day of Zero tolerance for FGM is on 6th Feb and the UN is striving to eradicate the practice by 2030. The rate is falling but 3 million girls worldwide are still at risk annually. Soroptimists are working in multiple ways to tackle FGM and the words Educate, Empower, Enable are so

President’s Message February 2021

There are many milestones in 2021. First and foremost Soroptimists International is 100 years old. Soroptimist International has over 72,000 members in 121 countries. It was founded in Oakland, California by a group of 80 women who wanted to change the lives of women and girls worldwide. Though interestingly their first project was to “Save

Programme Director’s February 2021 Message

This is your chance to engage with the world and help women everywhere through the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). Each March we have the chance to engage with other women across the world at CSW. Last year the usual sessions in New York were cancelled, due to COVID, just as we