‘Opening Doors to a Bright Future’, is the Soroptimist International (SI) President’s Appeal, 2021-2023, officially launched on 1 October 2021. Headed by SI President, Maureen Maguire, the Appeal, now part of the broader, recently established Soroptimist International Foundation, unites Soroptimists, Clubs, Unions and the five Federations, with the aim of delivering tangible benefits to some of the world’s most marginalised women, girls, and their communities. With plans to establish Appeal projects in each of the five Soroptimist Federations, projects are already taking place in Cambodia and Uganda.
‘Opening Doors to a Bright Future’ underlines the Soroptimist commitment to Education throughout the life-course, and its immense power and fundamental role as a driver for sustainable development, peace, and equality. Investing in girls’ education brings high rewards, breaking cycles of poverty and aiding economic growth. Education empowers women, girls, and their communities, delivering skills and knowledge, whilst increasing confidence; enabling women and girls to make informed decisions affecting future wellbeing, health, participation, and quality of life.
SI President Maureen Maguire explains:
“Education is the tool to tackle multiple barriers faced by women and girls today. Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, progress was visible in the delivery of quality education around the world, however, the past 17 months, has taken a toll, with UNICEF estimating 156 million children and young people are out of school. Of these, six out of 10 have no access to basic literacy and numeracy.
Estimates further suggest 750 million adults are illiterate, with many living in poverty, facing marginalisation, and disadvantage. Inequitable access to educational resources and learning is exacerbated by the digital divide, and as such, opening the door to education is an essential goal in each of our Appeal projects. This criterion will allow us to meet our proposed, measurable objectives, driving real change and lasting impact to families, and the local and broader communities where we work”.
CCDO Annual Report; A 12-month update from Cambodia
It has now been a full year since the first project of the SI President’s Appeal 2021 – 2023, ‘Opening Doors to a Bright Future’, launched in Cambodia. Working in partnership with the Cambodia Community Dream Organisation (CCDO), and focusing specifically on ‘Education and Learning throughout the life course’, this
SI Presidents Appeal and Georgia – Off To a Great Start!
Since the beginning of October 2022, Soroptimist International and World Vision Georgia (WVG) have been in collaboration with one another as part of the SI President’s Appeal 2021 – 2023, ‘Opening Doors to a Bright Future’. This project, which will run until 31 May 2023, will see improvements to the
Soroptimist International President’s Appeal – Cambodia Impact Story
In recognition of the progress and impact achieved as part of 'Opening Doors to a Bright Future' over the last year, SI President Maureen Maguire would like to welcome as many Soroptimists as possible to join us on 10 December, Human Rights Day, at 11:00AM (GMT), for a webinar event
World Vision Georgia
Opening Doors to a Bright Future’ announces collaboration with World Vision Georgia Beginning in early October 2022, the World Vision Georgia and SI President’s Appeal project will run until 31 May 2023, empowering women and girls by improving life skills and employability. A national study on violence against women conducted
Donations for the NEW 2021-2023 President’s Appeal “Opening Doors to a Bright Future” can be made now. Member donations to the SI President’s Appeal will be transferred to the Soroptimist International Foundation (registered in England and Wales 1194895), which has been set up to maximise opportunities for SI’s work around the world.
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