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UN Environmental Days – June 2020

World Environment Day – 5 June 2020 5th June is designated by the United Nations as World Environment Day. Instituted in 1972 – when environment awareness was in its nascent stages and continues to be marked with more focus, and passion and certainly more concern. It is a challenging time for the whole world –

The importance of Partnerships – Programme Director’s message June 2020

The need for governments, non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations and people from every nation of the world to work together in partnership has never been greater. Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, referring to the Sustainable Development Goals at the end of 2015, said: “The seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are our shared vision of humanity

International Day for UN Peackeepers – 29 May 2020

May 29th is the International Day of UN Peace Keepers to honour and remember the Blue Helmet and Blue Berets symbols of hope and resolution for millions in conflict zones. Donning these the UN Peace Keepers place themselves in difficult often dangerous situations to give personnel help stabilise communities, protect civilians, promote the rule of

Global Voice May 2020

The May 2020 issue of Global Voice is now available. This issue features lots of messages and news from around the globe on how Soroptimists are coping with COVID-19, plus the announcement of the new SI President Elect, Maureen Maguire, and lots more. Global Voice is a publication by Soroptimist International.

SIGBI donations to help during the COVID-19 pandemic

SIGBI has donated £1,000 each to the National Emergencies Trust and the Trussell Trust, both of which provide aid to vulnerable people in the UK and are running fundraising appeals in relation to the COVID19 crisis. More information about both appeals can be found using the links below: National Emergencies Trust Trussell Trust These donations

SI President Elect 2020-2021

Congratulations to Maureen Maguire, a member of our Portadown Club, who has been elected as Soroptimist International President Elect, to take office on 1 July 2020. Maureen will be SI President from 1 January 2022 until 31 December 2023. President Isobel Smith says, “SIGBI is delighted to have elected Maureen Maguire as the next Soroptimist

President’s Message May 2020

Hello, Since the World Health Organisation officially declared the Covid19 a pandemic on 11 March, life has changed beyond all recognition.  The news from around the world and the daily toll of cases and deaths reminds us why the measures now in place are so important. The shutdown has caused immeasurable pain in jobs lost,

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Programme Director’s Message May 2020

The UN at 75- and the voices of Women These are disturbing times – in every sort of way – humankind is faced with the uncertainty of what is the new normal, for normal has become variable. In this uncertain time, an institution – the United Nations that was meant to be a harbinger of