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International Day of the Girl 2018 – SIA Career Support for Girls

SoroptiVoiceBlog - tor, 10/11/2018 - 19:48

After much research, input from educators, and focus groups with members and girls themselves, SIA developed and launched its newest program- “Dream it Be It: Career Support program” curriculum, focus in 2015. This program delivers a curriculum designed for girls 14-18 years old and a few different “models” of styles for implementing the program including a Day Long Workshop, or a 7-8 Week Seminar series.  

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Women are living longer, but are we ageing well?

SoroptiVoiceBlog - man, 10/01/2018 - 11:04

Today there are 700 million people world-wide over age 60, and it is expected to increase to 1.4 billion by 2030 and 2 billion by 2050 when 20% of the global population will be over 60.

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Soroptimist International Meetings Budapest

SoroptiVoiceBlog - tor, 09/27/2018 - 12:08

By Deborah Thomas, Global Executive Director “Soroptimist International recently held a series of meetings in Budapest, Hungary, these included a review and planning day, formal board meeting and the annual general meeting. Soroptimist International brings together our international leaders from all around the globe to review, monitor and plan our

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SI President’s Message: International Day of Peace

SoroptiVoiceBlog - tor, 09/20/2018 - 15:26

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 theme for International Day of Peace 2018 is “The Right to Peace – The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70”.

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So What? Part One

SoroptiVoiceBlog - tor, 09/20/2018 - 11:27

The Interlinkages Between Gender Equality (SDG 5) and Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11), Part 1 of 4 by SI UN Representative, Angela Sauvage One of the most powerful elements about the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is their interconnectedness.  Simply put, we cannot achieve one Goal without achieving the others. 

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Opening of the 73rd General Assembly at the United Nations in New York, September 18, 2018

SoroptiVoiceBlog - tor, 09/20/2018 - 10:53

A blog by SI UN Representative, Marie D’Amato-Rizzi “The 73rd meeting of the United Nations General Assembly was begun by its President, Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces of Ecuador. As only the fourth woman to hold this position since the founding of the United Nations, she noted that this should encourage

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SIA Taiwan Region participate in Human Trafficking & Leadership Workshops

SoroptiVoiceBlog - ons, 09/19/2018 - 12:18

SIA Taiwan Region participated in the 2018 International Workshop on Strategies for Combating Human Trafficking and the 2018 Workshop of Leadership Eminence Acceleration Program for Women in Asia Pacific. Helen Yang of the SIA Taiwan Region reports. “Since 2007, Taiwan government has been hosting International Workshop on Strategies for Combating

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Report on the Symposium UNESCO, 7 September 2018

SoroptiVoiceBlog - man, 09/17/2018 - 14:46

Introduction by SI Director of Advocacy, Bev Bucur “Reading is the greatest gift you can give a woman or girl because literacy opens the door to the world and is critical for achieving social and economic empowerment. 8 September, International Literacy Day, saw events take place around the world to

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President’s Message: International Literacy Day

SoroptiVoiceBlog - lør, 09/08/2018 - 08:30

The theme of this years'  International Literacy Day is ‘Literacy and skills development’ – with a focus on integrated approaches that connect literacy learning and skills development within the lifelong learning framework.

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SI shortlisted for the 2018 Incredible Impacts Programme

SoroptiVoiceBlog - fre, 09/07/2018 - 12:49

Soroptimist International (SI) is delighted to be shortlisted for the 2018 Incredible Impacts Programme, announced by Best Cities Global Alliance and the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). SI joins the African Women in Leadership Organisation, the World Environmental Education Congress Network and others, on the final shortlist of 12

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A USEFUL TOOL FOR SOROPTIMISTS – ADVOCACY GUIDEBOOK ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING FOR SEXUAL EXPLOITATION –

SoroptiVoiceBlog - fre, 08/31/2018 - 12:22

A blog by SI United Nations (UN) Representative, New York Barbara Rochman INHERENT DIGNITY:  An Advocacy Guidebook to preventing trafficking for the purpose of sexual exploitation and realizing the human rights of women and girls throughout their lives was launched at the UN Church Center in New York by Mercy

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‘We the Peoples’ The 67th UN DPI/NGO Conference

SoroptiVoiceBlog - tor, 08/30/2018 - 15:02

A blog by Dr. Nina Smart  22-23 August 2018, UN Headquarters, New York, the 67th UN DPI/NGO Conference was co-hosted by the UN Department of Public Information and the NGO/DPI Executive Committee. Opening Plenary “On 22 August, 2018, the occasion of the start of The 67th UN DPI/NGO Conference was

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A WORD OR TWO ABOUT OLDER WOMEN

SoroptiVoiceBlog - tir, 08/21/2018 - 16:22

A blog by Frances Zainoeddin, SI Representative, New York,  “I urge Soroptimists everywhere to also pay attention to older women. In many countries they are ostracised, neglected and abused (including financial abuse), often by family members and care-givers.  Widows in some countries have no property rights and have no access

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Civil Society participation in the Voluntary National Reports at the HLPF-2018

SoroptiVoiceBlog - man, 08/20/2018 - 14:06

A blog by SI UN Representative, New York, Vanesa Treers “More than 100 ministers, joined by mayors, business and civil society leaders, and international organizations engaged in dialogue at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum for Sustainable Development (HLPF) on July 2018 in New York. The aim was to follow-up

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Recruitment: Call for nominations for SI Treasurer 2020-2021

SoroptiVoiceBlog - tir, 08/14/2018 - 17:27

International Treasurer to SI (Soroptimist International) Limited Soroptimist International Treasurer 01 January 2020 – 31 December 2021 Soroptimist International is pleased to announce that it is inviting applications for the volunteer role, SI Treasurer for the 2020– 21 biennium. The SI Treasurer, who is also appointed as a voting director

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Addressing Poverty – High Level Political Forum 2018

SoroptiVoiceBlog - tir, 08/14/2018 - 11:38

A blog by SI UN Representative Bette Levy. “I attended two side events regarding poverty. While the approaches were very different the bottom line of both was unless we eradicate ‘relative poverty’ we would be leaving the most marginalized behind especially women and girls. The statistics speak for themselves. 80%

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Frances Zainoeddin, SI UN Representative, New York reviews the HLPF 2018

SoroptiVoiceBlog - man, 08/13/2018 - 15:56

A blog by Frances Zainoeddin, SI UN Representative, New York “The 2018 High Level Political Forum, tasked with follow-up and review of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Development, was held from 9 to 18 July 2018.  The first week was filled with panel discussions, addressing the theme “Transformation towards

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The 10th Water Business Forum Singapore

SoroptiVoiceBlog - man, 08/13/2018 - 15:25

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

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Reflecting on the 2018 High Level Political Forum Part Two by Bette Levy

SoroptiVoiceBlog - man, 08/13/2018 - 14:25

“New this year at the HLPF was the open discussions regarding Menstrual Hygiene, not just the usual conversations or key issues related to water and sanitation issues (Goal 6) but the specific issue of menstruation for women and girls.  The serious issues and risks to health, safety, gender equality, access

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