Writing a new refugee story

The refugee crisis is a gender-based violence crisis. A brave community of refugee girls are using their stories to tell us why. An article by Anne K. Ream What does it mean to be a refugee today? In an era when borders are closing, nationalism is rising, and politicians and

Protection of rights & Prevention of Violence #16daysofActivism

The Fourth World Conference of Women's Shelters (4WCWS) was held at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center in southern Taiwan.  The Opening Ceremony was on 5 November and advocates from 100 nations, with 1,400 government and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) representatives in attendance, eager to share ideas on how to improve women's shelters

When a journalist comes to call #16days

In June 2019 President-Elect, Sharon Fisher, Director of Advocacy, Bev Bucur, and SI United Nations New York Representative, Bette Levy, attended the Women Deliver Conference in Vancouver, Canada. Women Deliver is a leading global advocate for gender equality and the health, rights, and well-being of girls and women. 8,000 people

Elder Women – Violence and Discrimination #16days

Age and Ageism -a change in attitudes and new protection laws - An article by past SI United Nations Representative, Vienna, Dora Vrdlovec "Age discrimination is a widespread phenomenon: in all countries of the world older people may endure physical, sexual, psychological, verbal or financial violence; it may take place

End Child Marriage #16Days

SI Advocacy Coordinator, Hannah Agius, discusses the need for community-specific responses to child marriage: “It is estimated that 12 million girls are married before the age of 18 each year. Evidence shows that this practice puts girls at an increased risk of physical and psychological violence. We know that cases

Human Trafficking #16Days

An article written by Dawn Marie Lemonds - SI Committee Chair and SI Board Director "In 1995 at the Beijing 4th World Conference, Human Slavery/Human Trafficking was seen as 'hardly an issue', and yet, the practice was viewed to be a priority for many Soroptimists already working in this area

Work Can Be a Dangerous Place for Women #16Days

An article by SI Director of Advocacy, Beverly Bucur "We spend most of our waking hours at work and it is an important part of our lives; however, statistics show that millions of women are victims of violence at work. Violence in the workplace stems from a variety of causes,


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