Beijing+25 – Ending Violence against Women and Girls

The Beijing+25 Regional Review Meeting provided a forum for The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) member States, to review progress and identify challenges in the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. Held on 29-30 October 2019 in the Palais des Nations, Geneva, the event was jointly organised

Building a Girl Force – UNESCO 2019

A blog by Marie-Christine Gries, Celebrating International Girl Child’s Day: building a "Girl Force"    Gender equality is one of the major priorities of UNESCO, which has been given the task of leading and coordinating the 2030 Education Agenda for the UN. UNESCO launched in 2019, From access to empowerment:

Thinking on it – Mariet Verhoef-Cohen at the 85th SIGBI Conference

The 85th Soroptimist International (SI) Federation of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) Conference took place in Bournemouth, UK, 24-26 October 2019. Here, Caroline Auckland of SI Tunbridge Wells & District writes a blog following a presentation by SI President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen 2017-2019.    "President Mariet welcomed everyone and remarked that

Strengthening partnerships between Non-governmental Organisations and the United Nations

A blog by SI UN representative, Marie Christine Gries, following her attendance at the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) preparations for the 40th General Conference, 207th session of the Executive Board meeting, Committee of Non-Governmental Partners (NGP), held on Friday 11 October 2019. "This committee is a

The Journey to Age Equality

International Day of Older Persons  A blog by Frances Zainoeddin, SI Representative to the United Nations, New York 'The Journey to Age Equality' was the theme for the 2019 celebration of International Day of Older Persons (1 October), held at the United Nations in New York, organised by the NGO

Women and Precariousness

A blog by  SI UN Representative, Paris, Evelyne Para. "On 8 October 2019 in Paris, at the Ministry of Solidarity and Health, I participated in an important meeting entitled 'Women and Precariousness, State of play, Challenges, Perspectives'. This meeting was held one week before 17 October, date of celebration of


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