Social Protection for Gender Equality

A blog by Theresa W. Devasahayam, SI UN Representative for Bangkok. "The theme of the sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) focuses on social protection systems, access to public services, and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality, and the empowerment of women and girls. Women’s right

WWL Update on International Women’s Day

A blog by SI President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen and Hafdis Karlsdóttir, SI President's Appeal Chair 2017-2019 This International Women's Day 2019 seemed like a perfect time to bring you up to date on the activities of the Soroptimist International President’s Appeal ‘Women, Water & Leadership’ (WWL). We will look back at
Sonyanga FGM

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

A blog by Kay Richmond, (SIGBI Programme Director) and Rita Beaumont (SIGBI Assistant Programme Director to health and food security). "Following on from Dr. Nina Smart’s blog in December 2018, in which she explains what Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is and ‘why it takes place’… we might ask, what can

Why is Social Protection so Important for Women?

At the Committee for Social Development Fifth Session held in Bangkok from 28-30 November 2018, the Committee deliberated on strategies for strengthening social protection in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the Asia Pacific. Here Dr. Theresa W. Devasahayam, SI UN Representative for Bangkok, Thailand writes

So What? Part One

The Interlinkages Between Gender Equality (SDG 5) and Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11), Part 1 of 4 by SI UN Representative, Angela Sauvage One of the most powerful elements about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is their interconnectedness.  Simply put, we cannot achieve one Goal without achieving the others. 

‘We the Peoples’ The 67th UN DPI/NGO Conference

A blog by Dr. Nina Smart  22-23 August 2018, UN Headquarters, New York, the 67th UN DPI/NGO Conference was co-hosted by the UN Department of Public Information and the NGO/DPI Executive Committee. Opening Plenary "On 22 August, 2018, the occasion of the start of The 67th UN DPI/NGO Conference was

A WORD OR TWO ABOUT OLDER WOMEN

A blog by Frances Zainoeddin, SI Representative, New York,  "I urge Soroptimists everywhere to also pay attention to older women. In many countries they are ostracised, neglected and abused (including financial abuse), often by family members and care-givers.  Widows in some countries have no property rights and have no access

Addressing Poverty – High Level Political Forum 2018

A blog by SI UN Representative Bette Levy. "I attended two side events regarding poverty. While the approaches were very different the bottom line of both was unless we eradicate ‘relative poverty’ we would be leaving the most marginalized behind especially women and girls. The statistics speak for themselves. 80%

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