The 10th Water Business Forum Singapore

A Report from the 10th Water Business Forum, held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Singapore, 11 July 2018 by Dr. Theresa Devasahayam, Secretary, Soroptimist International of Singapore (SIS). Women and Water: Pressing for Gender Equality "There is no doubt that water is essential for life, as much as

A Soroptimist reports on the AIDS 2018 Conference

Gender inequality gives a higher risk of HIV infection for women A blog by Mary Muia, Kenyan Soroptimist of Karen Blixen club of Nairobi, health professional and SIFAF Task Force Chair (2018-2020) Last week, I was privileged to join thousands of delegates from all over the world to attend the

Modern Slavery

How much do we know about it - What can we do to combat the problem A blog by Dr. J Kay Richmond, Chairman of the UK Programme Action Committee Despite international concern and action to combat this modern scourge, the ILO estimated, in 2016, that there are 40.3 million

July 30 World Day against Trafficking in Persons

Soroptimists respond A blog by Pat Black, SI Statements Advisor  "Many years ago (too many for me to remember but probably almost 20) I attended a Soroptimist Convention at which a young woman spoke about the horrors of trading in human lives, how little was known about it and how

SI Nordic Days – Using it without Losing it

A blog by Hafdis Karlsdottir, SI Iceland, Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, SI President and Marlène van Benthem, SI the Netherlands. "This year the Nordic Days were held in the beautiful Icelandic town of Akureyri on 22-23 June, with the theme ‘Our Environment and Energy – Using it without Losing it'. Linking Energy,

Kenya Delegation Post CSW62 Forum

A blog by Mary Muia, SI UN Representative Nairobi "At the 62nd Session on the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) New York, 12-23 March 2018, The head of the Government of Kenya delegation was Professor Margaret Kobia, PhD, EBS, Cabinet Secretary (CS), Ministry of Public Service, Youth and


A blog by SI UN Rep, New York, Barbara Rochman "The United Nations World Refugee Day is celebrated on 20 June every year. The world celebrates so that we do not forget the needs and contributions of those millions of people who have fled their countries because of conflict or

Climate Justice – what does it mean?

A blog by Pat Black "In 2015 everyone celebrated when all the UN Member States signed up to the ‘Paris Agreement’ on climate change. It made international news headlines, unusual for a UN Agreement. When President Donald Trump announced last year he would withdraw the USA from the agreement he

Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

A blog by Wanda Peters, SI Public Relations Officer "On 3 May 2018, I attended a keynote address and panel discussion entitled ‘Leadership in Human Rights, Diversity, and Inclusion’ in the Academiegebouw, one of the beautiful old buildings of Utrecht University. This year, on 10 December to be precise, it


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