SI Voices Webinars

Hosted by Soroptimist International, the SI Voices Series of Webinars commenced in 2020, established to recognise 100 years of our global organisation. With a catalogue of episodes dedicated to many of the issues covered by SI Road to Equality, the Soroptimist International Appeal 2019-2021, we are now looking forward to a new year, and a programme that will welcome Soroptimist experts, and international friends, and extend our Global Voice to familiar, and new audiences.

Watch this space for forthcoming Webinars

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On 28 April Soroptimist International hosted a virtual event with Stephenie Foster, Author of Take Action: Fighting for Women & Girls, a guide that covers the basics of activism and advocacy, offering big and small actions we can all take to shift social norms, change policies and practices, and empower people to fight for the rights and progress of women.

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Recordings of SI CSW66 Events, and the CSW SI Voices Series of Training Webinars.

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Speakers:

Opening – H.E. Maria del Carmen Squeff, Permanent Representative of Argentina

Moderator – Maria Fornella Oehninger, Soroptimist International UN Representative

Women’s Empowerment and Financial Inclusion – Andrea Grobocopatel, President, FLOR Foundation

Closing the Gender Pay Gap – Siobhán Vipond, Executive Vice-President of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), and Chair of the ITUC Women’s Committee

ILO C190 Ending Violence in the Workplace and Promoting Decent Work – Ms Beate Andrees,ILO Special Representative to the UN, and Director of the ILO at the UN

Dream It Be It, Career Support and Mentoring for Girls – Beverly Bucur, Soroptimist International Advisor, Education Specialist

Why STEM? – Elena Pinetti, Scientist at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (USA).

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Speakers:
Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, President of Women for Water Partnership and Past President of Soroptimist International
Barbara Pozzo, Prof. Dr. Full Professor of Comparative Law at the Faculty of Law and Director of the Department of Law, Economics and Cultures of the University of Insubria, Como, Italy
Dr. Helen Berry, Inaugural Professor of Climate Change and Mental Health at the University of Sydney
Linda Witong, California Assistant District Attorney, Soroptimist International Advocacy Advisor
Mary Muia, Soroptimist International UN Representative at UNEP, Nairobi
Rose Makunzo Mwangi, Member of the Steering Committee, Women for Water Partnership.

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Speakers:

Ken Bluestone – Age International

Irena Niolle – DIS-MOI, Mauritius (Youth Advocate for Rights of Older Persons)

Ayushi Kundu – Human Rights Lawyer, Soroptimist International

Amal Abou Rafeh – Programme Unit on Ageing, United Nations, Dept. of Economic & Social Affairs

Sharon Fisher –  Immediate Past President Soroptimist International, Moderator

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Speakers:

Sandra Gonzalez Sköld – Soroptimist International of Europe

Helen Harvey – Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland

Isla Winarto – Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific

Kazuko Morita – Soroptimist International of the Americas

Chinwe Ezenwa-Mbah – Soroptimist International Federation of Africa

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Session 2 is focused on the CSW66 Priority Theme – introduced by SI President Maureen Maguire, Moderated by Int.Director of Advocacy, Leigh Ellwood Brown, with a Speaker introduction by Int. Advocacy Advisor Ulla Madsen. The webinar features Linda Witong, SI Advocacy Advisor, Barbara Pozzo, Dr. Prof of Comparative Law and UNESCO Chair for Gender Equality and Women’s Rights, Kusum Athukorala, Chair of Net Water, and Mary Muia, SI UN Rep Nairobi Center.

Additional Notes

SI Written Statement is available HERE

SI Advocacy Resource Pack available HERE

NGOCSW Forum Registration available HERE

Register for the next SI Voices Webinar via the link above.

Download Main PPT Collated HERE

Download PPT UNEP HERE

Download PPT Barbara Pozzo HERE

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The first of 3 Soroptimist International CSW66 Advocacy training webinars took place 29 January, with the SI Advocacy Team sharing their knowledge & valuable CSW experience. Designed for those planning to attend CSW66 (virtually), and those who wanted to find out more the recording is now ready for all to view. Introduced by SI President Maureen Maguire, Moderated by Int. Director of Advocacy, Leigh Ellwood Brown, with SI United Nations Representatives Frances Zainoeddin, New York, Vanesa Treers, New York, Christine Peer, Vienna, and Mary Muia, Nairobi.

Additional Notes

SI Written Statement is available HERE

SI Advocacy Resource Pack available HERE

NGOCSW Forum Registration available HERE

Register for the next SI Voices Webinar via the link above.

PowerPoint Presentation HERE

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The final Session in our highly informative SI Voices CSW Webinar Series, focused on the CSW66 Review theme: Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work. Excited to announce some wonderful speakers including, SI UN Reps Maria Fornella, who will be speaking on the Gender Pay Gap and Social Protection; and Berthe de Vos – ILO 190/ A Workplace Without Violence; SI Advocacy Advisor, Beverly Bucur, who will present on Education for 21st Century Jobs, together with Dr. Elizabeth Peterson, Educator, and Soroptimist, speaking on Nuclear Engineering Programme Management, and Dr. Elena Pinetti, Physicist, and President of Soroptimist Net Lead Club, Milano, on Theoretical Astroparticle Physics and Dark Matter.

Additional Notes

SI Written Statement is available HERE

SI Advocacy Resource Pack available HERE

NGOCSW Forum Registration available HERE

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This SI Voices webinar is hosted by Soroptimist International and Global Media Campaign (GMC) to End Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Hear about the SI President’s Appeal ‘Road to Equality’ from SI President Sharon Fisher, Maggie O’Kane, the Executive Director of GMC. This webinar showcases the work of the anti-FGM activists supported by SI and GMC, known as the Soroptimist Six.

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Webinar 9 sees Soroptimist International President, Sharon Fisher and UN New York Representatives share what to expect from #CSW65 and the exciting new NGO CSW Virtual Forum. Watch now to find out more and learn of the history and importance of SI’s advocacy work at CSW. Find out more about the NGO/CSW Forum at: https://www.soroptimistinternational.org/advocacy/commission-on-the-status-of-women/csw65/ Find out more about the SI Road to Equality at: https://www.soroptimistinternational.org/action/road-to-equality/

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Webinar 8 of the Soroptimist International Series of SI Voices Webinars, hosted by SI President Sharon Fisher and featuring Human Rights activist, Mandy Sanghera, and Somasree Basu from Shreeja India, and ‘Beyond Football’; the next Project to be supported by the SI Road to Equality Appeal.

  • As mentioned in the video you can register for NGO CSW Forum at: https://ngocsw.org/ngocsw65/

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A one hour webinar as part of the SI Voices Webinar Series exploring the SI Road to Equality themes and projects. Hosted by Soroptimist International President Sharon Fisher and joined by Sue Riney, Ayushi Kundu, and Claire Gilman, this webinar connects our past international project work responding to the needs of women and girls, with the challenges we face now, and continue to face as we move forward into the future.

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A one hour webinar as part of the SI Voices Webinar Series exploring the SI Road to Equality themes and projects. Hosted and presented by Soroptimist International President, Sharon Fisher, Moderated by SI UN Representative, Bette Levy – this episode addresses Federation impact and SI work in the International arena.  *Content includes discussion on violence against women.

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** 09:05 Updated information – Portugal has a free national women’s helpline. Visit for more information: www.cig.gov.pt/servicos/servico-de-informacao-as-vitimas-de-violencia-domestica **

Deemed a ‘shadow pandemic’, it is reported that during lockdown, as some four billion people stayed safe in their homes, many found themselves in danger; a parallel pandemic of violence against women taking place behind closed doors. On 5 April 2020, António Guterres, UN Secretary General, urged Member States to recognise that ‘violence is not confined to battlefields’, calling for protection of women and girls from domestic violence.

Hear from three inspiring speakers, to uncover global, national and individual perspectives of domestic violence, one of the six key themes of the SI President’s Appeal, Road to Equality. With Sarah Gallardo, Executive Director of Sarah Speaks Up; Gigie Penalosa, Governor-Elect of Philippines Region/SIA; and, Patricia Vargas is a founding member of Global Network of Women’s Shelters

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Soroptimist International Webinar 3 looks closer at the rights of Older Women. Introducing Frances Zainoeddin, Susan Somers, and Laura Tamblyn Watts.

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A one hour webinar as part of the SI Voices Webinar Series exploring the SI Road to Equality themes and projects. ‘Trafficking our Girls’, is hosted and presented by Soroptimist International President, Sharon Fisher, and Ayushi Kundu and Olga Sidenko, SI Road to Equality Co-ordinators. Speakers: Evelien Holsken, Free A Girl; Theresa Flores, Author and Activist; Jacqueline Shapiro, SI UN Representative. *Content includes discussion on violence against women.*Content includes discussion on violence against women.

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A one hour webinar as part of the SI Voices Webinar Series exploring the SI Road to Equality themes and projects. Hosted and presented by Soroptimist International President, Sharon Fisher. Speakers: Ayushi Kundu and Olga Sidenko (SI Road to Equality Co-ordinators). The webinar will delve into the six themes of SI President’s Appeal 2019-2021. *Content includes discussion on violence against women.

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