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63rd. Session of Commission on the Status of Women 2019

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President's Message

It is with great pleasure and gratitude that I thank you all for bestowing the honour of National President on me for 2018/2019. I am privileged to represent and to lead all the members of Soroptimist Clubs, throughout the Republic of Ireland. In fact I am incredibly proud of the goodwill, the dedication to serve and above all the friendships forged in our clubs.

I joined Soroptimist International Athlone & District in 1992 and have served as club president on two occasions.    On the National Executive, I have been Honorary Secretary twice, the Vice President and  President Elect.   I am enthusiastic about taking on the role as National President of S.I. Republic of Ireland.

 “The Power of One” is my motto to lead this year. The Power of One can change your club. It only takes one person to invite a new member to join, mentor a new member and offer to be a genuine friend. The Power of One can empower us as women. The success of achievement, the joy of friendship and the belief that YOU DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.   I hope that you, as  fellow Soroptimists are empowered to believe in your  own ability to lead change and to be the best you  can be.

Our ideals as Soroptimists are to educate, to enable and to empower women and girls. We work together on programmes to promote these ideals. Our national project is “Safe Home, Safe Community” with its  focus on the issue of domestic violence.  Soroptimist members in all of our clubs will advocate, raise awareness, create a conversation and fundraise to support the services on the issue of domestic violence. In 2014 The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women came into force. To date Ireland has not ratified this Istanbul Convention. As strong women, we have a voice and we will use our power, our voices, to ask why has Ireland not ratified the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women.  

I am passionate about caring for the environment. I aim to instil a love of nature and a sense of awe and respect for our world. I would hope to share this passion with my fellow Soroptimists during my year as President

A century ago was the start of a whole new world for women, when women got the right to vote for the first time in 1918. The Suffragettes campaign to promote women’s right to vote, women’s voices, women’s involvement in all walks of life makes a difference for us all. Soroptimist International members continue this work to improve the lives of women. I am proud to be a Soroptimist and a feminist. If you share our vision we would be delighted to welcome you.

Thank you.  Darina Dolan.

2023 Soroptimist International Convention

Press Release Day  Date October 2018
 Soroptimist International Republic Of Ireland to Host
Soroptimist International Convention in Dublin, July 2023

Soroptimist Republic Ireland are delighted to announce that they are the successful bidders to host the 2023 Soroptimist International Convention which will take place in July 2023 in Dublin. The Dublin Convention Centre was agreed by the board of Soroptimist International as the host venue, which will attract two to three thousand Soroptimists and their guests from all over the world. With this convention only being held every four years, needless to say the competition in the bidding process was very high. Fáilte Ireland supported the Soroptimist bid which included letters of endorsement from their CEO and the Lord Mayor of Dublin.  (more...)


Darina Dolan, National President

Darina Dolan
National President

We now celebrate that the Government has ratified the Istanbul Convention (on International Women's Day)  and reflect and remember all the great strong women who helped make us who we are today - our Grandmothers, Mothers, Sisters and Teachers.  We continue to build on the foundation that they put in place.

The world is a different place from when our Grandmothers and Mothers were born but we have a responsibility to ensure that it's even better for the next generation.

SI Athlone members
Athlone Soroptimists with Senator Gabrielle McFadden on a visit to Dail Eireann.


NWCI welcomed the International Women’s Day ratification of the Istanbul Convention, after a long campaign by women’s groups and organisations including Soroptimists working to end violence against women. 

Orla O’Connor, Director of NWCI >>

First photograph: ROI President, Teresa, International President, Mariet and NI President Joanne fundraising for the International President's Appeal,
'Women, Water and Leadership'

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