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Global Voice December 2018
 This edition of Global Voice will reach your inbox in time for December 10th, Human Rights Day, traditionally International Day for Soroptimists around the world. During recent weeks SI has shared news through its website and social media channels on the SI President's Appeal 'Women, Water & Leadership'. This Global Voice Special brings all the stories together - a one stop shop for videos and articles on projects in Kenya, Malaysia and Bulgaria. We would like to thank you for the support you have shown so far, and wish you every success with any activities and events you may be organising for December 10th. Please remember to share your events with us on social media by using the hashtag  #WWLSoroptimist. We close this Global Voice, the last of the year, with a message from SI President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen for Human Rights Day, and would like to wish you all a happy and peaceful New Year.

Lead Image: WeWash, Bulgaria

 International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

On 25 November 2018, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women - SI President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen shared a message on behalf of Soroptimist International. 



SI President's Appeal Webinar

Here it is! A recording of the recent webinar held by SI President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen and Chair of the SI President's Appeal, Hafdis Karlsdottir.


News from Long Tanyit, Sarawak

Have you been following the journey of the five Penan women in Malaysia? The great news is that they are now in Long Tanyit, taking a hands-on role on the project, constructing metal stands for the water tanks, which will store water for the villagers to use throughout the drought season. Find out more about this inspiring project and watch a short video of the young women in action!


The very latest from Sabah

News from a project in Malaysia and a gravity-fed water system which will channel water from a mountain stream to the village - now literally up and running!
Make it a WWL Movie Night!
Catch up with videos from Kenya, Bulgaria, and if you are keen to help us share the SI President's message on Social Media, then watch a short video from SI President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen which explains how you can be a #WWLSoroptimist!

Women, Water & Leadership and
the SDGs

How does limited access to water and safe sanitation affect the lives of women and girls? How do the projects of the SI President's Appeal make a difference to hunger and poverty? Take a look at an article that links the objectives and action of  'Women, Water & Leadership' with the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Empowering Women to Lead

A key objective of 'Women, Water & Leadership' is to empower women and deliver the capacity, experience and education needed to lead in water-related industries. The SI President's Appeal is providing support to Victoria Hinojosa, a Biological Engineer from Mexico City, to facilitate her participation in H2O Global Leaders and Water Innovation Lab training. 

A Message for Human Rights Day 2018

2018 is the 70th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights. As we take time to pause a reflect on a year gone by, we consider what Human Rights means to us all. In the year ahead, we will draw energy and inspiration from our fellow Soroptimists and continue to educate, empower and enable women and girls, and act and advocate to achieve human rights for all.
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SI President's Appeal Resources
If you are looking for marketing materials to support you in your President's Appeal activities and promotion, drop in to the SI Members Area to find WWL leaflets and more. 
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SI introduces Catherine Dunmore who writes a blog following her recent visit to Kigali, Rwanda, where she met Soroptimists and witnessed projects in action.
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Could you be the next SI United Nations Representative in Geneva? 
SI is now recruiting so please follow the link to find out more. 
Coming up in 2019...

21st Soroptimist International Convention Kuala Lumpur 18-21 July 2019 - Theme: Soroptimists Enable a Sustainable World: Global Connections, Empowered Women.

Save The Date: Thursday 18 July 2019
Soroptimist International will be holding its’ Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 18 July, at the Impiana Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and up to 250 silent observers places will be available. The meeting will include formal business and presentations including an overview of the recently implemented SI structure, the SI President's Appeals and SI Global Advocacy work. Refreshments will be available after the meeting. Further information regarding registration for the meeting will be available in January, please check SI Global Voice, website and social media for updates.

CSW63 New York 11-22 March 2019
Priority theme: Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.
Review theme: Women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development (agreed conclusions of the sixtieth session).

International Day of Education 24 January 2019
International Women's Day - UN Theme: Think equal, build smart, innovate for change IWD2019. Theme: #BalanceforBetter.

High-Level Political Forum 9-18 July 2019 - Theme: Empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.

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