Advocacy Roundup: SI UN Reps Help Give a Global Voice to Women and Girls

NGO-UNESCO Forum on Access to Water for All – Soroptimists give a global voice to women! At an NGO- UNESCO Forum on access for water for all, Soroptimists were out in force! Marie-Christine Gries de La Barbelais, one of SI’s UN Representatives in Paris, was heavily involved in organising the

International Peace Day – Soroptimists working for peace, tolerance and understanding

“Peace and security are essential foundations for social progress and sustainable development. That is why, three decades ago, the United Nations affirmed the right of peoples to peace.” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Since 2001, the UN has recognized 21 September as International Day of Peace, an annual day of

Remembering the PEACE Satellite – Pacific region Soroptimists and PEACESAT

  In July, we shared many tributes to Betty Loughhead Turland, President of Soroptimist International 1983-5. One photograph sent in showed Betty in the 1970s or early 1980s, sitting in a radio studio.  Soon afterwards, Past International President Margaret Lobo provided an explanation...the amazing story of how Soroptimists took advantage

“Literacy not only changes lives, it saves them” – International Literacy Day 2014

 Image: SI Bonaberi-Douala’s adult literacy centre, Cameroon, PFR 34067 "Literacy not only changes lives, it saves them". That’s the simple and powerful truth at the heart of UNESCO’s rallying call for  greater investment and a redoubling of efforts to bring literacy to all. Literacy is an absolute necessity for achieving

Educating to lead: Soroptimist Leadership Academy (FYR Macedonia)

  28 young women took part in a Soroptimist Leadership Academy at Lake Ohrid in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in July this year. A joint project of SI Struga (FYROM) and the SI Turkish Union, this was a 10 day experience to help participants discover their leadership potential. 

Dream it, be it! Introducing SI of the Americas' new program for girls

  As part of the Beijing+20 campaign to spark global dialogue and action on women's rights and gender equality, UN Women is focussing on one critical area of concern each month.  August's focus is girls and the challenges they face in today's world. Soroptimist International of the Americas recently launched

International Soroptimists – SI post-holders share what they do and what inspires them

The Soroptimist International Board meeting in Kent, UK, last weekend brought together SI post-holders from around the world to take key decisions about the future of the organisation. These included Presidents, Past Presidents and Presidents Elect of the four Federations, as well as Federation Programme Directors, Committee Chairs and Members,

Working together for a stronger movement – Meet SI's International Officers

Soroptimist representatives from around the world are in Kent, UK this weekend for the annual Soroptimist international Board meeting. The Board, representing 80,000 Soroptimists in 130 countries worldwide, will discuss issues facing the global movement and take key decisions about SI's global strategy for the coming year. The SI Board

Remembering Ning: UN World Day against Trafficking

Image: Ning, who was trafficked to Australia from Thailand aged 13 Chris Knight is SISWP Friendship Link Coordinator and a member of SI Moreton North Inc (Australia). She describes herself as a passionate human rights and social justice advocate and in this week's blog she shares her continued involvement with

Soroptimists join UN in marking first World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Image: USA, SI Anti-Trafficking march in Camino Real, SI Conejo (PFR: 34025). 30 July 2014 is  the UN’s first World Day against Trafficking in Persons. Soroptimist International supports the call for greater global awareness and reports on some of the many effective Soroptimist actions across the world to end this


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