Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly declared this a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and amongst all nations and peoples. The UN theme for 2018 is The Right to Peace – The Universal
8 September was proclaimed International Literacy Day at the 14th session of UNESCO’s General Conference on 26 October 1966. Celebrated annually, it is an opportunity to celebrate improvements in world literacy rates and focus on the challenges that remain. Literacy plays a key role in the UN's Sustainable Development Goals and
Dear Soroptimists, June 20 is World Refugee Day. According to the United Nations 1951 Refugee Convention, a refugee is someone who fled his or her home and country owing to “a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion”.
Watch a video message from Soroptimist International President, Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, who brings news from the 2017-2019 SI President's Appeal, 'Women, Water & Leadership'. Two transformative projects are now underway in Kenya, and Bulgaria, thanks to the generous donations of Soroptimists and all Federations. Find out more.
The theme of World Environment Day 2018, is 'Beat Plastic Pollution'. With India taking the role of global host, the day is a call to action to combat one of the great environmental challenges of our time. On this day SI President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen shares a video message with Soroptimists
World Water Day 22 March, 2018, will see the launch of the International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028, aiming to further improve cooperation, partnership and capacity development in response to the ambitious 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. SI President, Mariet Verhoef-Cohen shares a message with Soroptimists. To
This International Women's Day, SI President, Mariet Verhoef-Cohen shares a video message with Soroptimists worldwide.
It has been a busy start to 2018 with exciting changes taking place to the SI board that will see a new structure taking shape, more aligned with the SI mission, purpose and priorities. Sharon Fisher is announced as the new SI President Elect, commencing 1 January, bringing a wealth
At this time of year, we pause and reflect on the challenges and successes of a year gone by, and look forward to the opportunities and promise of the future. "Soroptimists strive for the advancement of women, human rights for all, gender equality, development and peace; all this in the
Dear Soroptimists, 25 November is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, marking Day One of the annual 16-day campaign against gender-based violence. Often, those most threatened with violence are women and girls and it is still a fact that 1 in 3 (35%) women worldwide have