#2 Your Voice at the United Nations

October - November's edition of 'Your Voice at the United Nations' includes articles on the Climate-Change Migration nexus and the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 'A Sustainable Society for All Ages: Realising the potential of living longer' The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s Ministerial Conference on Ageing

CSW62 Written Statement

The sixty-second session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 12 to 23 March 2018. The theme is Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls. For the empowerment of rural women

President’s Message: International Day of Rural Women

Dear Soroptimists, The coming week sees three notable International days, leading with, 15 October, The International Day for Rural Women, closely followed by World Food Day on 16 October and International Day for the Eradication of Poverty on 17 October. The three days are inextricably linked, each issue adversely affecting

Educate to Lead: Leaving no Girl or Woman Behind

Soroptimist International’s current priority area of focus is the Sustainable Development Goals, which the UN set in 2015 as the agenda for the next 15 years, concentrating on Goal 4 – Education, and Goal 5 – Gender Equality, and other areas that relate to women’s empowerment. Soroptimist International believes promoting

President’s Post: Rules of Water, Rules for Life

Dear Soroptimists, This week I will be attending the event ‘Rules of Water, Rules for Life’, the first edition of an annual conference organised by Milano Global and the Milan Center for Food Law and Policy, held in Milan on the theme of water as a legal asset and as a key

Literacy, Lifelong Learning, A Sustainable Future for All

On September 11, 2017, Soroptimist International France organised a Day of lectures and debates at UNESCO on the theme "Literacy, Lifelong Learning, A Sustainable Future for All"* Where do we stand today? One way to understand today's reality in the world: 263 million children and youth are not in school

President’s Post: Follow me at World Water Week

Dear Soroptimists, This coming Sunday is the kick-off for the World Water Week for a Water Wise World. World Water Week is a conference organised by Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). The conference focuses on new thinking and positive action toward water-related challenges and their impact on the environment, health, climate,

Towards an Effective Remedy for Safe Migration

A blog by Barbara Rochman, SI UN Representative, New York. "Migration is nothing new on our planet.  Earliest human migrations across continents began two million years ago. Homo sapiens left from Africa about 100,000 years ago.  About 60,000 years ago they migrated across Asia and continued to arrive on new

Educate to Lead: Nepal and Harambee Arts – Supporting vulnerable girls through Expressive Arts

Founded in Kenya in 2007, Harambee Arts is a pioneer in the development and delivery of a toolkit of psychosocial activities, working to transform and improve the lives of women and children suffering the devastating psychosocial impact of human trafficking, poverty, war, violence and illness. Partnering with grassroots programmes and
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