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Welcome to the May Issue of Global Voice

This edition of Global Voice features the very latest news from Soroptimist International. SI President Yvonne Simpson, brings news from the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Vienna and SI UN Representatives in New York discuss the challenges of migration and issues affecting older persons. We take a closer look at SI leadership and introduce you to Soroptimist projects seeking to Educate, Empower and Enable women and girls. 
SI NEWS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

 

SCHOOL FOR JUSTICE


The Free a Girl Movement has announced the opening of School for Justice, Mumbai, India. Supported by at least eight Soroptimist clubs in the Netherlands, the School for Justice and its forward-thinking programme, educates girls that are rescued from child prostitution, training them to become lawyers and prosecutors.
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CYCLING FOR CYCLES - WOMEN'S ROLE IN MALARIA PREVENTION CAMBODIA


In a blog by Theresa Devasahayam, Dr Saradha Narayanan, Kerry Beer and Linna Khorn, we find out about the work of three Soroptimist clubs from Soroptimist International of South West Pacific - SI Singapore, SI Damansara and SI Melba, who support the crucial work of village malaria workers (VMWs) in Cambodia.
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 TOWARDS SAFE MIGRATION

At the UN, New York, a Declaration on Refugees and Migrants was agreed to by all 193 UN Member States in September 2016. SI UN Representatives in New York and Geneva have been attending the first Interactive Dialogues and Thematic Sessions on this topic. Read a blog by SI UN Rep Barbara Rochman, which looks at migration.

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 SWEDEN TO HOST LEADERSHIP ACADEMY

Soroptimist Nordic Leadership Academy (SNLA) is a week of intensive education in the principles of leadership and self-development for young women. It will take place on an annual basis during the summer vacation in a Nordic country on a rotating basis starting in Sweden, Öland 26 -30 June 2017. 

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EDUCATE TO LEAD: NEPAL AND HARAMBEE ARTS - SUPPORTING VULNERABLE GIRLS THROUGH EXPRESSIVE ARTS


Harambee Arts works to transform the lives of women and children suffering the devastating impact of human trafficking, poverty, war, violence and illness. Read how 'Educate to Lead: Nepal' is supporting the work of Harambee Arts Nepal, funding a team of trainers and Expressive Arts workshops.
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SI PRESIDENT'S POST - COMMISSION ON CRIME PREVENTION AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE

SI President Yvonne Simpson writes for us from the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice twenty-sixth session, 22 - 26 May, Vienna.

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SI PRESIDENT'S POST - A CELEBRATION FOR SI CENTRAL AND SOUTH WEST LONDON

 
SI President Yvonne Simpson, joined SI Central and South West London on the weekend of 12–14 May to celebrate its 90th anniversary.
 
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SOROPTIMISTS ATTEND UNESCO CONFERENCE IN SAUDI ARABIA

Soroptimist Lee Ann Cochran, brings news from the Seventh International Forum of NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO, hosted in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 3 - 4 May. With the theme of ‘Youth and their Social Impact', Lee Ann was a member of the SI delegation sharing the Soroptimist message at the conference.

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 A CLOSER LOOK AT LEADERSHIP - PART ONE

Immediate Past President of Soroptimist International of Europe and Chair of the SI Leadership Development Committee (LDC), Ulla Madsen, introduces the first in a series of video interviews with SI Directors, Officers and UN Representatives, with the aim of increasing awareness of the work of SI and the SI leadership opportunities available.

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A CLOSER LOOK AT LEADERSHIP - PART TWO

In the second part of our series ‘A Closer Look at Leadership’, we feature three new videos from SI Director of Advocacy, Pat Black, SI Assistant Director of Advocacy, Sharon Fisher and from Bette Levy, Marie-D’Amato-Rizzi and Frances Zainoeddin, SI UN Representatives in New York.

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ELDER ABUSE

Frances Zainoeddin, SI UN Representative, New York, has represented SI for one year, mainly following issues related to sustainable development and older persons. Frances is a member of the NGO Committee on Ageing and is involved in efforts to agree an international legal instrument to protect the rights of older persons. In the run up to World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Frances writes a blog for us on the issue of elder abuse.

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During the Global Framework for Action to Cope with Water Scarcity in Agriculture, Partners’ and Stakeholders’ Meeting, held at FAO HQ in Rome, 19 - 20 April 2017, SI President-Elect and Women for Water Partnership President, Mariet Verhoef-Cohen was appointed Vice-Chair of the interim Steering Committee.
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SI St Albans and District, hosted a glittering diamond gala dinner at Aldwickbury Park Golf Club, Harpenden, as part of a Friendship Weekend, in celebration of its 60th anniversary. Read a blog from Jane Slatter, SI St Albans and District.
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SI President, Yvonne Simpson talks to Fresh FM 107.2 – a broadcast station in Nelson, New Zealand, and discusses  ‘Stepping Up’ to the role of SI President, and 'Educate to Lead: Nepal', the President’s Appeal 2015-2017.
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The Australian Himalayan Foundation’s 'Women and Girls Education Project' (WGEP), is supported by the SI President’s Appeal 'Educate to Lead: Nepal'. During the last year, the project has empowered women and girls from remote communities across the region, to realise their full potential through education and training.
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Read the blog 'Beyond Rescue...The Long Road of Recovery for Victims of Human Trafficking' by Gina Vucci, SI Marin County, California, where she discusses awareness raising and the making of a new documentary. 
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SI President, Yvonne Simpson visited MAG (Mines Advisory Group) headquarters, Manchester on 16 May. MAG, formed in 1989, holds a vision for a safe future for men, women and children affected by conflict and insecurity, and is a partner in the International campaign for the world to be 'Landmine Free by 2025'.
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