Fifth Informal Thematic Session for Global Compact on Migration

A blog by Kay Richmond, Chairman United Kingdom Programme Action Committee (UKPAC) The UN has committed to addressing the problems of migration, slavery and trafficking through the development of a Global Compact (GC) based on the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants[1]. It will also include the Palermo Protocol,

SI UN Representative Recruitment

Recruitment NEWS: SI is looking to appoint UN Representatives in the Nairobi and Vienna area to attend official UN meetings, and report back to Soroptimist International headquarters. The applicant must live within travelling distance of the United Nations centre in Nairobi or Vienna. For more information, please click on the

Understanding the gender dimension of water and waste

World leaders, water experts, development professionals, policy-makers, and one astronaut, gathered in Stockholm for a week-long meeting focused on finding ways to better use, and reuse, the world’s increasingly scarce fresh water. Stockholm International Water Institute Executive Director, Torgny Holmgren says: “World Water Week is a key meeting place for

SI Board Restructure

At the recent SI Final Board Meeting of the 2015- 2017 biennium, the directors unanimously agreed to restructure the SI board. Today, they have released the following statement to ensure all members are informed and have the opportunity to show their support for this positive step forward for our global

Connecting Children to the Arts

The United Nations observes International Day of Peace every year on 21 September, and this year a young Soroptimist from Moreton North Inc, Australia, Sarah Cowley and her group’s Peace Crane Project have been invited to speak at the United Nations event in New York, under the theme 'Together for

Inauguration of Soroptimist International President 2017-2019 Biennium

During a celebrating meeting on 29 July 2017 at Rotterdam, Mariet Verhoef-Cohen was inaugurated with overwhelming support as President of Soroptimist International (SI) for the 2017 – 2019 biennium; the first Dutch President in the organisation’s almost 100 years of existence. Mariet Verhoef-Cohen succeeds New Zealand’s Yvonne Simpson as International

United Nations World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

A blog by Gina Vucci of SI Marin County, California. "Many people think that slavery ended years ago with abolition… however, there are more slaves today, than any other time in human history. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that there are more than 21 million slaves today being exploited for

HLPF – Making the SDGs Work for Women and Girls 2017

Today, 10 July 2017, the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) will convene in the United Nations headquarters in New York, to review and follow-up the 2030 Agenda. This year’s theme will focus on Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world. The Soroptimist International HLPF report Global Perspectives on Eradicating

Every Soroptimist Club should have an Anne!

Soroptimist Anne Farrington’s lifelong commitment and service to women is acknowledged in her appointment as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) in the NZ Queen’s Birthday Honours. Anne’s Soroptimist work includes holding positions at local, region, national, federation and international levels. Anne was a charter member


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