• Soroptimist Review: Progress of the World's Women 2011: In Pursuit of Justice


    Every three years, UN Women (previously UNIFEM) produces a report looking at a particular aspect of gender equality and women’s rights.  This year, the report looks at legal systems through the eyes women, exploring ways in which women still experience discrimination, rights violations, and barriers in access, but also ways in which innovative change in legal systems can increase access…

  • Governments held to account – dying in childbirth is NOT acceptable


    It is with great pleasure that we share this story with you.  SI’s Programme Director, Reilly Dempsey, worked on this case in 2006 while at the Center for Reproductive Rights.  For five years she has been watching this case with bated breath.  Alyne da Silva Pimentel from Brazil died of pregnancy-related causes in 2002 – her case exposed grossly negligence,…

  • SIA Welcomes New Executive Director


    SIA welcomes Elizabeth M. Lucas of Lake Bluff, Illinois, as its new executive director. She replaces SIA’s long time executive director, Leigh Wintz, who has assumed a full-time position as Principal Consultant with Tecker International.   Lucas comes to SIA with a diverse professional background. Her experience includes 15 years with the American Massage Therapy Association and the Massage Therapy…

  • SI Receives Letter of Thanks from UN Women


    Soroptimist International Past President Hanne Jensbo has received a letter of thanks from UN Women, recognising the work of SI and the Danish Union in supporting the former UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). "In these historic moments that hold great promist for women, as the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) is now…

  • Update Report from the Working Group on Ageing


    At the start of the month, we reported from the Working Group on Ageing. Here is a follow up report from our UN Representative in New York, Carol Themm. Throughout the four days of the working group on ageing, the focus kept returning to the legal gaps which exist in all governments around the world. Civil Society Representatives and some governments,…

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