PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: SOROPTIMISTS STAND WITH REFUGEE WOMEN AND GIRLS

Dear Soroptimists, June 20 is World Refugee Day. According to the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention, a refugee is someone who fled his or her home and country owing to “a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion”.

President’s Video: Women, Water and Leadership – the story so far

Watch a video message from Soroptimist International President, Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, who brings news from the 2017-2019 SI President's Appeal, 'Women, Water and Leadership'. Two transformative projects are now underway in Kenya, and Bulgaria, thanks to the generous donations of Soroptimists and all Federations. Find out more.  

SI President’s Message: Wishing you a peaceful and successful 2018

At this time of year, we pause and reflect on the challenges and successes of a year gone by, and look forward to the opportunities and promise of the future. "Soroptimists strive for the advancement of women, human rights for all, gender equality, development and peace; all this in the

President’s Message: Water – A Basic Human Right

Dear Soroptimists, Human Rights Day (link) is observed each year on 10 December – the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (link). For Soroptimists, 10 December is recognised as International Day and for decades, this day has stood as THE most

President’s Message: Calling for a violence-free future

Dear Soroptimists, 25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, marking Day One of the annual 16-day campaign against gender-based violence. Often, those most threatened with violence are women and girls and it is still a fact that 1 in 3 (35%) women worldwide have

President’s Message: World Toilet Day

Dear Soroptimists, This Sunday is World Toilet Day. This year World Toilet Day focuses on wastewater, continuing the theme of World Water Day. Inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis, this annual event is an important day on the Soroptimist calendar. 4.5 billion people are living without a household toilet that safely disposes of waste. Women are

President’s Message: Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn 6-17 November 2017

Dear Soroptimists, Last Sunday I celebrated my first 100 days as your SI President and as you know - I am a water woman. Water and climate change are of course very strongly related. Water scarcity (droughts) and water abundance (floods), which bring about so much suffering both directly and

President’s Message: Dutch Soroptimists sponsor new chair for Human Rights Education

The very first Dutch professor in Human Rights Education (HRE) in the Netherlands, Felisa Tibbitts, held her inaugural speech at the Utrecht University this week. As SI President, I was very proud to attend as I am proud that Soroptimists made this new chair possible!  As Soroptimists, we focus on the

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