The Pandemic and Organised Crime

A report by Linda Witong SI Special Advisor to Advocacy. "According to a recent report entitled 'Crime and Contagion: The Impact of a Pandemic on Organized Crime' the COVID-19 pandemic is not only transforming the lives of communities around the world, having profound impacts on society and the economy, it

Findings from the UN World Water Development Report 2020

An informative review of the recently released United Nations World Water Development Report 2020 by SI Special Advisor to Advocacy, Linda Witong "It’s official. According to the United Nations World Water Development Report 2020 climate change affects ecosystems, biodiversity, food security, human health, energy production, human societies, gender equality and

The role of water in tackling a global health emergency

SI Advocacy Advisor, Linda Witong, explains the importance of access to clean water in the context of a global health emergency. "It has been acknowledged that pandemics, which are large disease outbreaks that affect several countries, pose major health, social, and economic risks. A quick-moving pathogen spreading across the globe

How Does Care Work Affect the Global Inequality Crisis?

SI UN Representative to FAO, Liliana Mosca, summarises and commends the latest report on global equality produced by Oxfam. Using data from Credit Suisse Research Institute’s 'Global Wealth Databook (2019)', and the 2019 Forbes billionaire list, Oxfam has published its annual global inequality report ‘Time to Care: Unpaid and underpaid

Twitter for Beginners

So are we Twittering of Tweeting? What's a Hashtag and how should I use it? Who should I follow? Should I use a picture? All questions that deserve an answer if you are just starting out on your social media journey! Please Click on the Twitter Logo below to view

A journey of discovery

By SI Director of Advocacy, Bev Bucur I am proposing during this period of uncertainty and change that we take the time - a commodity we never have enough of - to learn more and get in touch with the SI Advocacy work, and the grassroots projects taking place far

What is the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action?

"To advance the goals of equality, development, and peace for all women everywhere in the interest of all humanity”. (Beijing Declaration, 1995). "In 1995, 189 governments were joined by 17,000 participants and 30,000 non-governmental activists in Beijing for the opening of the Fourth World Conference on Women. For two weeks,

What is CEDAW? And how does it work?

SI UN Representative, Berthe De Vos-Neven, provides an insiders look at the history and function of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). "CEDAW is a United Nations body which consists of 23 independent experts. These experts monitor the implementation of the Convention of

25 years since the Copenhagen Declaration and Program for Action – a vision and commitment still valid today

A blog by Linda Witong, Special Advisor to Advocacy "Twenty-five years ago, 186 countries gathered in Copenhagen, Denmark for the World Summit for Social Development (WSSD), joined by 2,300 representatives from 811 non-governmental organisations and created the Copenhagen Declaration and Program for Action. This year marks the 25th anniversary of

SI Quadrennial Report 2015-2019

In the run up to the 21st Soroptimist International (SI) Convention in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, preparations were made for the launch of the SI Quadrennial Brochure 2015-2019, a full-colour reference guide for Soroptimists and friends to showcase just some of the recent work of the global volunteer organisation. The brochure,

Soroptimist International HLPF Report 2019

The meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development in 2019, convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, will be held from Tuesday, 9 July, to Thursday, 18 July 2019; including the three-day ministerial meeting of the forum from Tuesday, 16 July, to Thursday, 18 July 2019.


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