Human Rights Day

The theme of this years' Human Rights Day is 'Youth Standing Up for Human Rights'. 10 December 2019 is celebrating and amplifying the action of youth and their promise and commitment to change. The campaign, led by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), is designed to

I want to tell the world #ENDFGM

Soroptimist International is delighted to introduce you to Sadia Hussein, Kenya, an ambitious and accomplished young woman, and one of our SI Road to Equality #SoroptimistSix. So vital on our Road to Equality – your support of the President’s Appeal, 2019-2021 will empower Sadia and others in their work within

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


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