• #CSW57 Agreed Conclusions – What do they mean for women’s rights?


    On Friday, 15th March 2013, at the CSW 57, UN Member States adopted Agreed Conclusions, with reservations, on the priority theme of ‘The Elimination and Prevention of all forms of Violence against Women and Girls’. Last year no outcome document was agreed upon. This strengthened the resolve of the NGO community and UN officials to really push this year in…

  • New Soroptimist clubs in Philippines, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Italy


    The first three months of 2013 have seen 13 new Soroptimist International clubs established,  in Bangladesh, Nigeria and the Philippines.  11 clubs have been chartered in the Philippines, taking the total number of clubs in the country to 84. "I’m truly excited to welcome so many new clubs to our wonderful organization", says SI President Alice Wells.  "The influence of the projects that…

  • Soroptimist Alice Odingo elected Global Coordinator for UNEP Women’s Major Group


    Dr Alice Odingo, one of Soroptimist International's UN Representatives in Nairobi, has been elected as one of four Global Co-ordinators of the Women's Major Group at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). "A woman’s voice and participation is the catalyst environmentalists need for sustainability", says Dr Odingo. "When I was elected as one of the four Global Women Major Group Coordinators, I was…

  • New Commonwealth Charter "implacably opposed" to gender-discrimination


    On March 11, HM Queen Elizabeth II signed the newly agreed Commonwealth Charter at a reception to mark Commonweath Day, attended by SI Programme Director Hilary Ratcliffe. It is the first time one document has been agreed by all 54 member states to enshrine a comprehensive range of principles and values. The Charter states: "We are implacably opposed to all…

  • "Historic" agreement on violence against women & girls at #CSW57


    Soroptimist International welcomes the Agreed Conclusions on violence against women and girls that were agreed at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) late last night in New York. The agreement, hailed by Michelle Bachelet of UN Women as “historic”, was reached after several days of tough negotiation and concerted lobbying by NGOs, with some governments trying to weaken…

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