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Forced Marriage Consultation (UK)

Clubs across the UK were asked to take part in a nationwide consultation on forced marriage. The Government launched a consultation as to whether forced marriage should be a criminal offence rather than a civil offence.  This is another amazing example of how the network of clubs across can be a global voice for women […]

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A Turning Point

Soroptimist International feared that once again, as per CSW 56 in 2012, that there would be a failure to reach firm agreed conclusions, or worse, that the outcomes may weaken existing international standards. By the last day hope was waning but the hard work continued. On March 15th, the very last day of the CSW […]

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SI Action at CSW57

As soon as the team touched down in New York lobbying began. Soroptimists worked to distribute flyers to attend SI side events and to convey to others the reasons why they were there, and what they were pushing for. UN Representatives organised a stall selling SI goods and delegates attended meetings and events at the […]

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Build up to CSW57

November 2012 SI wrote and submitted its official written statement on gender violence. A pre-advocacy toolkit was designed and sent to our Federations and clubs so that lobbying could take place in the run up to the event. January – February 2013 News articles, blog posts, and posts on social media on gender violence were […]

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What is CSW?

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It is the principal global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to gender equality and the advancement of women. Each year, representatives of Member States, representatives of the UN, civil society, media, and the private sector, gather […]

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Enough is Enough – International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, March 8th 2013, Soroptimist International clubs around the world took part in a global day of action to call for an end to violence against women. From Pakistan to the Philippines, the Netherlands to Nepal, Soroptimists took to the streets, radio stations and the internet to raise awareness in their communities and […]

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57th Commission on the Status of Women

“We strongly demand that all governments and the international community reject any attempt to invoke traditional values or morals to infringe upon human rights guaranteed by international law, or to limit their scope.” The 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) took place from 4-15 March 2013. Its priority theme: ‘Elimination […]

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Strengthening SI’s global network

UN Women honours Soroptimist International On 24th October, 2012, UN Women held an honorary event entitled ‘Empowering Women for 25 years’, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Metro Chapter of the US National Committee for UN Women. The event honoured women and organisations who have, and are, making a difference towards the Advancement of Women […]

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Bringing women’s voices to the UN

“Women are still deprived of their human rights in so many places: denied an education, safe childbirth, a life free of violence. SI continues to fight for human rights for all at grassroots, national and international level, representing the voices of women at the UN and more. We are stronger if we work together.” SI […]

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Influencing international law and policy

Women’s Voices for Sustainability at UN Environment Programme In February 2013, Dr Alice Odingo, one of Soroptimist International’s UN Representatives in Nairobi, was elected as one of four Global Co-ordinators of the Women’s Major Group at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). She says: “A woman’s voice and participation is the catalyst environmentalists need for sustainability. […]

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