President’s Message November 2021

Dear Members, Over the last week we have had the pleasure of joining together for SIGBI’s 87th Annual Conference and what an inspiring experience we have had, a fitting end to Soroptimist International’s centenary year! My congratulations and sincere thanks to Conference Chair Anne and all her committee, for all they have achieved despite an


Environmental issues are at the heart of many of our Programme Actions as #Soroptimists, as we follow the Sustainable Development Goals set out by the United Nations. In particular, to celebrate our Centenary year, we have been focussing our efforts on planting trees and improving our environment. To celebrate COP 26, we have put together

International Day of the Girl Child

International Day of the Girl Child celebrations take place on 11th October every year and this year’s theme is ‘Digital Generation. Our generation’. It is, perhaps, not surprising that this theme has been chosen this year, in light of the acceleration in digital platforms for learning, earning and connecting due to the Corona Virus pandemic. Sadly, some

President’s Message October 2021

Dear members, I hope you have all had an enjoyable summer, although it seemed to pass all too quickly. Here we are already in October and rapidly approaching the end of the centennial year. The celebrations culminate this weekend, when Soroptimists from around the world will gather virtually, to celebrate 100 years of Soroptimist International

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 Europe and North America CSW Caucus – 28 March 2022 We hear from our sisters in Afghanistan and the diaspora with relatives and friends still in Afghanistan, that women are in hiding and door to door searches continue with assassination following a successful hunt. Women who were educated or worked at any senior

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