HLPF: Voluntary National Reviews

After attending this year’s High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), Maria Fornella-Oehninger, SI UN Representative in New York, provides insight into the positives and negatives surrounding Voluntary National Reviews. “As part of its follow-up and review mechanisms, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls on member states to submit voluntary national reviews
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Sustainable Development and Gender Equality

SI's Global Policy Advisor, Francesca Fletcher Williams blogs about the current progress made towards Sustainable Development Goal 5 (SDG5) on Gender Equality. "It is now the second time the UN’s High-Level Political Forum has reviewed progress towards achieving SDG5 on gender equality. Under the broad banner “achieve gender equality and

Soroptimist International HLPF Report: Empowerment & Education

We're excited to announce the release of Soroptimist International's High-Level Political Forum 2022 report, which reviews progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.  This report focuses on Sustainable Development Goal 4: Education, Goal 5: Gender Equality, and Goal 17: Partnerships for Development. This year, the High-Level Political Forum will be

Commission on Population and Development

SI is preparing for the fifty-fifth session of the UN Commission on Population and Development  (CPD 55), to be held 25 – 29 April 2022. The CPD meets annually at the UN Headquarters in New York to assess the world’s progress on implementing the ICPD Programme of Action at the national,

Our Voice at the UN

Although many restrictions remain in place, and most events are virtual or hybrid, the United Nations centers are slowly opening their doors again, and Soroptimist International representatives from across the globe remain unwavering as they advocate for the rights for women and girls. In this edition of Our Voice at

Together We’re Stronger

Blog by Sharon Fisher, Immediate Past President, Soroptimist International. "In the spirit of sharing the work of Soroptimist International and how we eradicate poverty and hunger and achieve wellbeing and decent work we were invited to participate with other NGOs in a collaborative session during the Commission on Social Development. 

SI Voices Webinars – Session 2 CSW66

The SI Voices Series of Webinars continues with the second in a three-part Series centred on the Sixty Sixth Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, taking place from 14 to 25 March 2022. Join the Soroptimist International Advocacy Team for Session Two, a Zoom meeting, on 19


Blog by Frances Zainoeddin, Representative to the United Nations, New York. What attention is being given to older women?  NOT MUCH! A recent letter sent by the three NGO Committees on Ageing in Geneva, New York and Vienna to the new Executive Director of UN Women, expressed concern that UN Women


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