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Hear Our Voices- We stand up for Women

Following the 84th SIGBI Federation Conference in Bournemouth, it is with great pleasure that I commence my year as National President Soroptimist Republic of Ireland.

I became a member of Soroptimist International Dublin in 2006. Dublin club was chartered in 1938, and through many projects, has a wonderful legacy of working to improve the lives of women and girls, locally and throughout the World. We are like minded women who want to make a difference. Soroptimists work to educate, empower and enable women and girls, including the many vulnerable and dispossessed women in Ireland today. We stand up for women through our programme work of advocacy, raising awareness and action.

Soroptimist International founded in 1921 in California, is the World’s largest women’s service organisation with over 75,000 members across 122 countries. Soroptimist International has consultative status at the United Nations. I had the honour of attending the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the UN in New York in 2015 with 80 fellow Soroptimists. The Commission which first met in 1947 is the global body dedicated to the promotion of women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women. Soroptimists have a say in this process. Through our work focused around the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) Soroptimists along with other NGOs aim to achieve gender equality by 2030.

My theme for the year ahead is “Hear our Voices”. An important part of our programme work is to help those who are dispossessed to find a voice so that together, we can effect change. We stand up for women including -homeless women and young children, women who are victims of violence, women involved in prostitution, traveller women, women and girls suffering mental health issues and women in direct provision. We are committed to helping women have an equal voice.

Hear our voices also includes my goal to hear the voices of the members of our 16 clubs around the country and strengthen the 2 way communication between members and our National Association.

Many thanks to you all for your support and good wishes for the year ahead.


National President Catherine
Soroptimist International ROI



Bournmouth

Some images from SIGBI's 85th. Federation Conference held in Bournmouth, October 2019.


Meru project

Meru Women’s Garden Project 2016-2019
About Meru Women’s Garden Project
Meru County has a largely rural population with HIV/AIDs prevalent in the region.  Meru Women’s Garden Project will support some of the poorest women-led households in Kenya, and is entirely focussed on providing opportunities to women and girls who may never otherwise be given the chance to earn an income, and gives them status within their community. It fully embraces the three key areas at the heart of SIGBI’s Programme Focus Goals – Educate, Empower and Enable. Improved food production and education will support women and girls to transform their lives and those of others through a process of cascade learning and mentoring thereby reducing poverty, improving health and increasing employment.
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Soroptimist International Convention, Dublin 2023

Press Release 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...)

 


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Catherine Giblin

Catherine Giblin
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.

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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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