Literacy, Lifelong Learning, A Sustainable Future for All

On September 11, 2017, Soroptimist International France organised a Day of lectures and debates at UNESCO on the theme "Literacy, Lifelong Learning, A Sustainable Future for All"* Where do we stand today? One way to understand today's reality in the world: 263 million children and youth are not in school

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,

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

A warm welcome to a new generation of leaders

A blog by Johanna Richardsson "I just got back from Öland and the Soroptimist Nordic Leadership Academy (SNLA), 26 -30 of June 2017 and I am still stunned by all the willpower, skills and development on many levels that this week offered. Twenty-three young women from all the five Nordic

UN Financing for Development Forum 2017

by Marie D’Amato-Rizzi, SI UN Representative, New York. "The second ECOSOC forum on Financing for Development (FfD) follow-up, met at the UN in New York for 4 days at the end of May this year. The annual forum was established in 2015 by the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and results

Elder Abuse – Does it Exist?

A blog by Frances Zainoeddin, SI UN Representative, New York "My name is Frances and I have been a Representative of SI to the United Nations in New York for a year, following mainly issues related to sustainable development and older persons.  I am also involved in efforts to elaborate

Towards an Effective Remedy for Safe Migration

A blog by Barbara Rochman, SI UN Representative, New York. "Migration is nothing new on our planet.  Earliest human migrations across continents began two million years ago. Homo sapiens left from Africa about 100,000 years ago.  About 60,000 years ago they migrated across Asia and continued to arrive on new


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