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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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White ribbon campaign (Australia)

  White Ribbon is the world’s largest male-led movement to end men’s violence against women.  In particular, Australia’s unique Ambassadors’ Program supports thousands of men to be the faces and leaders of the campaign, by living the White Ribbon Oath: never to commit, excuse or remain silent about violence against women. Women support White Ribbon […]

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Soroptimists against trading people (Lithuania)

The club organised lectures for girls and women about the trading of people all over the world.  The lectures took place at schools and in women’s prisons.  Brochures and leaflets about the global issue were created and distributed.  They shared information about the project with the local press, local television, and the general public. Because […]

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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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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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From International Presidents Ann Garvie and Alice Wells

From Ann Garvie, International President 2013-15 & Alice Wells, International President 2011-13 Women and girls worldwide have made some great strides over the past 92 years but we still have a long ways to go. Violence against women and girls continues to be a huge issue. It’s horrifying that 1 in 3 women will experience […]

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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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