Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI)

The Federation of Great Britain and Ireland, comprises 355 clubs in 29 countries. This Federation is spread over UK, Republic of Ireland, Africa, Asia, Caribbean Islands and Malta.

Members are women of all ages, cultures and ethnic groups, who join their local clubs to give service to women and girls. Each club identifies the needs of its community, then establishes specific projects to address those needs. Clubs are grouped into Regions (within the UK) and National Associations (countries with five clubs or more), to enable them to widen their community, and Regions or Nation Associations may also have projects with all Clubs within them will contribute to.

Girl Summit 2014

In July UK’s first Girl Summit was dedicated to tackling the issues of female genital mutilation/cutting, and forced and early marriage. This London Summit was co-hosted by UNICEF and the UK Government. It was the first international forum looking at these issues together. It was the attended by world leaders, charities and civil society organisations, the Summit mobilised efforts globally to eradicates pervasive practices within a generation. This was cohosted by UNICEF and the UK government.

Soroptimists participation:

Provided a stall to sell good from projects around the globe.
Contributed a Panel Session on suppport for victims and survivors.
Sent a delegate to the main Summit and attended the Plenary Session.

Read more on the Girl Summit 2014 project on: http://sigbi.org/2014/girl-summit-2014/

Birthing in the Gambia (BIG)

The BIG project is a partnership between Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) and the International Medical Charity Maternal and Childhealth Advocacy International (MCAI) – and its partner Advanced Life Support Group (ALSG). This is a three year fundraising challenge which will save the lives of countless critically ill women, babies and children in the Gambia.

Read more on the BIG project on: http://sigbi.org/our-charities/the-big-project/

International Womens Day 8th March St Albans Event

Across the world thousands of Soroptimists mark International Women’s Day with hundreds of activities and events on and around 8 March – many of them stand in bridges in solidarity and as a symbol of the global connection with one another. In some countries just gathering like this puts their lives at risk. Events highlight the economic, political and social achievements of women, and raise awareness of work still to be done to build a better world for women and girls.

Read more on the International Womens Day on: http://sigbi.org/st-albans-and-district/

CSW59 / Beijing+20 (2015)

The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York, tentatively scheduled for 9-20 March 2015. Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world attend the session. Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland as an ECOSOC accredited organization will send a strong delegation to the commission as it has done in the previous years.

For outcomes of this commision read more on: http://sigbi.org/2014/sigbi-united-nations/