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

President’s Message: International Day of Rural Women

Dear Soroptimists, The coming week sees three notable International days, leading with, 15 October, The International Day for Rural Women, closely followed by World Food Day on 16 October and International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October. The three days are inextricably linked, each issue adversely affecting

President’s Post: October 3rd Soroptimist Friendship Day

Dear Soroptimists, Today, it is Soroptimist International Club Friendship Day. Or should we simply call it: Soroptimist Friendship Day. The 3rd October 1921, is the day the first club of Soroptimist International was founded. Friendship is one of the pillars for Soroptimists. Soroptimists want the best for women and girls

President’s Post: Rules of Water, Rules for Life

Dear Soroptimists, This week I will be attending the event ‘Rules of Water, Rules for Life’, the first edition of an annual conference organised by Milano Global and the Milan Center for Food Law and Policy, held in Milan on the theme of water as a legal asset and as a key

Presidents’ Post: International Day of PEACE

Dear Soroptimists, Today is International Day of Peace, September 21. Let us reflect on this. 2017 Peace Day Theme: Together for Peace: Respect, Safety, and Dignity for All. The International Day of Peace ("Peace Day") is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United

President’s Post: International Literacy Day, 8 September 2017

Dear Soroptimists, As our IPP Yvonne is an expert in education and feels very strong about literacy and education I thought it would be a good initiative to ask Yvonne to write about Literacy for the Literacy Day, today 8 September! I would like to thank Yvonne for this great

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