President’s Message: World Toilet Day

Dear Soroptimists, This Sunday is World Toilet Day. This year World Toilet Day focuses on wastewater, continuing the theme of World Water Day. Inspiring action to tackle the global sanitation crisis, this annual event is an important day on the Soroptimist calendar. 4.5 billion people are living without a household toilet that safely disposes of waste. Women are

President’s Message: Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn 6-17 November 2017

Dear Soroptimists, Last Sunday I celebrated my first 100 days as your SI President and as you know - I am a water woman. Water and climate change are of course very strongly related. Water scarcity (droughts) and water abundance (floods), which bring about so much suffering both directly and

President’s Message: Dutch Soroptimists sponsor new chair for Human Rights Education

The very first Dutch professor in Human Rights Education (HRE) in the Netherlands, Felisa Tibbitts, held her inaugural speech at the Utrecht University this week. As SI President, I was very proud to attend as I am proud that Soroptimists made this new chair possible!  As Soroptimists, we focus on the

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

President’s Post: October 3rd Soroptimist Friendship Day

Dear Soroptimists, Today, it is Soroptimist International Club Friendship Day. Or should we simply call it: Soroptimist Friendship Day. The 3rd October 1921, is the day the first club of Soroptimist International was founded. Friendship is one of the pillars for Soroptimists. Soroptimists want the best for women and girls

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: My thoughts are with all who are suffering

Dear Soroptimists around the world, I write this from the World Water Week, Stockholm, where all 3,100 participants are following news of the terrible situation with heavy rain and storms in Texas and Louisiana in the USA and in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, South-Asia and more. My sympathy goes out to all the

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,

SI President’s Post: Inaugural Speech – Mariet Verhoef-Cohen SI President 2017-2019

On Saturday 29 July 2017 Mariet Verhoef-Cohen was inaugurated as the Soroptimist International President, for the 2017 – 2019 biennium. During her First Board Meeting, which was attended by silent observers from the four SI Federations, Mariet delivered an engaging and informative speech, setting out her vision for the new
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