• A Milestone towards A Future SI African Federation


    SIE President Kathy Kaaf reports back from the Conference on the Proposed SI African Federation which took place in  Nairobi, Kenya, 22nd – 24th March 2012. "Kenya Strikes Oil“ was the headline of the “Daily Nation” on Tuesday 27th March when SIE President-Elect Ulla Madsen, SIE Vice President Christine Peer and I left Nairobi after the successful Conference on the…

  • Report from the 55th Commission on Narcotic Drugs


    SI UN Vienna Representatives, Roswitha Benesch and Martina Gredler, report back from the 55th Commission on Narcatic Drugs 12-16th March, 2012. In his opening speech at the 55th UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), called for a real balance within drug policies, making health, integration and rehabilitation the aim…

  • Women's Empowerment and the Sustainable Development Goals


    International Assistant Programme Director, Anusha Santhirasthipam, reports back from the third Rio+20 intersessional meeting which took place in New York last week. From 19-27 March 2012, the SI UN Reps in New York and International Assistant Programme Director, Anusha Santhirasthipam, attended the first round of 'informal-informal' negotiations on the zero draft of the Rio+20 outcome document, followed by the Third…

  • Rio+20: An Urgent Call for Action


    International Assistant Programme Director Anusha Santhirasthipam reports back from a week of meetings at the UN centre in New York, focussing on Rio+20 preparations and the policy asks of the Women's Major Stakeholder Group. “83 days to The Future We Want” says the countdown banner at the top of the official UN website on Rio+20. Leaders of nations, business and civil…

  • Soroptimists to Carry Olympic Torch!


    Soroptimist International is delighted to learn that past International Assistant Programme Director, Margaret Cook, has been selected to carry the Olympic torch as it passes through Yorkshire.  Margaret was nominated by her Soroptimist Club members to take part in the torch relay in Ilkley on June 24. She will be one of 8,000 people to carry the torch as it…

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