UNESCO International Conference of NGOs: Soroptimists speak on Water and Development

International President Ann Garvie, and International Programme Director, Hilary Ratcliffe, joined SI UN Representatives Marie-Christine Gries de la Barbelais and Rina Dupriet at UNESCO in Paris for the International Conference of NGOs, 15-17 December. The message from the conference was clear – NGO must ensure that governments ‘Think Global, Act

Stopping Human Trafficking in its Tracks

By Soroptimist International of Singapore member, Sri Ranjini Mei Hua "On 5th November 2014, Wednesday, more than 30 men and women, of various ages, and from different walks of life, responded to a call - it was a call to end violence against women and girls around the world. The

16 Days – Day Eleven: Stereotypes

"We, as Soroptimists, are a valuable resource in achieving the empowerment of women and girls. Individually and collectively we are able to enact changes in our daily lives, in our families and in our communities. But the world is still plagued by unacceptable harmful traditions and practices such as child

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,


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