• Nordic Soroptimists unite to urge new action on women’s rights #Beijing20


      Soroptimists from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden, SI International President Ann Garvie and SI Europe Federation President Ulla Madsen were among nearly 20,000 participants at a conference marking the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. The Nordic Forum - New Action on Women's Rights in Malmö , Sweden from 12-15 June, featured seminars, exhibitions and speakers, including UN Women Executive Director…

  • Coordination is Vital to End Sexual Violence: The Message from Soroptimist UN Reps


    Whilst the Ending Sexual Violence Global Summit was happening in London, Soroptimist International UN Reps were busy attending parallel events in UN Centres across the world. The message that came out of events in New York and Geneva was clear: to end sexual violence against women, coherent and cooperative policies must be adopted globally. Soroptimists all over the world are…

  • International Programme Director honoured for services to gender equality


      Soroptimist International Programme Director Hilary Ratcliffe has been made an “Officer of the Order of the British Empire” (OBE) in the UK Honours List this week, recognising her achievements in promoting gender equality around the world.  The UK Honours system recognises outstanding people for achievements in a range of fields, with various levels of award.  Awards are announced twice…

  • #TimetoAct on Sexual Violence in Conflict – “formidable force” of Soroptimists take a stand at Global Summit


    Image: Speakers at the Soroptimist panel event (l-r) - Anne MacDonald and Lois Kamara (Project SIerra), SIGBI President Margaret Oldroyd, SIE President Ulla Madsen, Judge Silvana Arbia,  SI President Ann Garvie  and SIGBI Past-President Pat Black   Soroptimists from the UK and beyond have been participating this week in a global summit that aims to create irreversible momentum towards ending…

  • President Ann's double challenge to support solar appeal: skydive postponed


      Soroptimist International President Ann Garvie has been forced to postpone her skydive due to health issues, but is determined to fulfil her commitment to take to the skies for "See Solar, Cook Solar".  President Ann explains:  "As many of you will know, my New Year's Resolution for 2014 was to skydive to raise funds for my December 10th Appeal,…

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