President’s Message: International Women’s Day 2017

“International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Progress has slowed in many places across the world, so global action is needed.

The 2017 call is will you #BeBoldForChange?

This places the opportunity and responsibility on each one of us to make a difference. I urge you to sign up at to pledge your support not only for International Women’s Day, but for every day.

A quote that is often attributed to Mahatma Gandhi “Be the change you want to see in the world” challenges us to take personal responsibility. When we stop blaming, justifying, complaining, denying, wishing, visualising, dreaming… and instead reflect on our own role and then take responsibility, we step up. We take action. We have control over ourselves – so let’s use that power to lead by example.

We can transform ourselves. We can move to be motivated for the welfare and well-being of others. We can transform our world and accomplish the Soroptimist Mission: Soroptimists transform the lives and status of women and girls through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities.

Are you ready to be the change? Will you #BeBoldForChange?

Click on the video at the top of the page to view a message from Soroptimist International President, Yvonne Simpson

Find out more about the #BeBoldForChange campaign at

Visit UN Women to find out about the 2017 United Nations theme “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”  at

Click here to visit the SI events page to read more on this global day that reaches back to the 1900’s.


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