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Welcome to the June/July issue of Global Voice, packed full of Federation and international news. In this edition SI shares its newly released report to the United Nations on how to achieve gender equality through sustainable development. There are stories of clubs projects happening across the world and an update on the Soroptimist/UNICEF project, Syria, 'Back to School'. This edition of Global Voice also brings news from International President Yvonne Simpson who attended the UN's Department of Public Information NGO conference held in the Republic of Korea, and blogs from UN Representatives Sabine Kinzer and Martina Gredler on elder abuse, and Alice Oluoko-Odingo on women and the environment. Read on to find out more!

SI Submits a Report to the United Nation on Achieving Gender Equality through the Sustainable Development Goals: The UN's High Level Political Forum (HLPF) was the first opportunity for NGOs to provide practical recommendations on how the the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) should be achieved. SI submitted its report, highlighting key development approaches used by SI club projects, emphasising the need for policies to promote gender equality, and highlighting emerging global issues. This report will help  Click HERE to read and download the report. 

News on Syria 'Back to School': On June 20, the UN Refugee Agency released their new 'Global Trends' report, showing that in 2015, 65.3 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, generalised violence, or human rights violations. In this article we catch up with Margit van Hoeve and news from the Soroptimist/UNICEF project, Syria ‘Back to School’, to see what Soroptimists are doing to support refugees. Click HERE to read the article.

SI PROJECT SHOWCASE: This latest round-up of Soroptimist projects from around the world covers key issues, from providing scholarships for students from rural Thailand, to equipping the House of Grace with a much needed van in New Zealand, and bringing new opportunities through the 'Girls in Bright Dresses' project in India. Click HERE to find out more
SI NEWS: This year the annual UN Department for Public Information NGO Conference (UN DPI NGO Conference) was held in Gyeongju, Republic of Korea, from 30 May to 1 June. International President Yvonne Simpson, represented SI at the conference, joined by Korean Soroptimists. Civil society representatives and NGOs from across the world gathered at the conference to discuss ‘Education for Global Citizenship’, Read this news story to find out more.
SoroptiVoice: In this blog International President Yvonne Simpson shares her experience of the UN Department for Public Information NGO Conference, where she found sessions "inspiring, challenging and relevant to our global theme". Read the blog by clicking HERE.
SI NEWS: Soroptimist International of Europe chose Sofia, Bulgaria as the venue for this year’s Governors' Meeting held from 9-10 July 2016. Catch up with news from the event and find out more about the winners of the SIE Best Practice awards.
Read the full story by clicking HERE.
World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
15 June

With the global population of people aged over 60 years set to reach around 1.2 billion in 2025, UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon called on member states and civil society "to strengthen their resolve and redouble their efforts to eliminate all forms of violence and abuse against older people". In this article, SI UN Reps Sabine Kinzer and Martina Gredler explore this critical issue. Read the article by clicking HERE.
SI NEWS: On the one year anniversary of being awarded the Soroptimist International of Europe Peace Prize at the 20th Soroptimist International Convention, Istanbul, Edit Schlaffer, Founder and Executive Director of Women without Borders/SAVE, became an honourable member of the SI Club Vaduz in Liechtenstein. 
Click HERE to read a news story written by Christine Peer, Club Wien Donau, Past Programme Director SIE 2013-2015. 
World Environment Day 5 June
With climate change affecting a range of human rights, including the right to food, safe water, health and education, SI revisits some of the projects taking place in communities to mitigate the effects of climate change and empower women and girls. Starting with a focus on projects in India, you can find out about other projects in Cambodia, Fiji and the UK. Click HERE to read more.
Climate Change and its effect on women and girls
How does combating climate change benefit women and girls? This is a question asked by SI UN Representative Alice Oluoko-Odingo in a new SoroptiVoice blog, where she discusses major global issues including disease spread, forced migration and food security. Read the full story HERE.
Celebrating Seventy-two years of Soroptimist Service
This wonderful picture is of a billboard in Zanesville, USA, that SI of Zanesville put up to celebrate Doris Baker's 72 years of Soroptimist service with the club! Many congratulations to Doris Baker and the SI of Zanesville club.
SIGBI Federation launches Associate Membership – Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland recently launched a great new form of membership and women can now join as Associate Members. The Federation launched the incentive to appeal to women who believe in the Soroptimist message, are looking to become involved, but are unable to attend Club meetings. Find out more by following the link

NEWS: Do you know a young leader aged 18-30 who is making a difference and driving change? The 'UN Young Leaders Initiative', spear-headed by the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, has launched a worldwide search for exceptional Young Leaders, announcing an open call for nominations. The initiative will recognise on an annual basis, 17 young leaders who are driving change to help realise the Sustainable Development Goals.

Categories for nomination include Advocacy, the Arts, Business, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Media, Philanthropy, Policy, Science, Sport, Technology and others, and the first class of Young Leaders will be announced in September, ahead of the 2016 United Nations General Assembly. Full information can be found by clicking HERE.

NEWS Moldova: Stepping it up for gender equality, the Moldovan Parliament has banned sexist language and images in the media and advertising in a new gender equality law. This law also provides men with 14 days paid paternity leave and mandates a minimum of 40% women in cabinet and party lists.
Read more by clicking HERE.

NEWS: Every year, between 500 million and 1.5 billion children around the world experience violence, abuse, and exploitation. This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the first World Congress against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children held in Stockholm in 1996. Plan International has been working with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography and has produced a number of tools and child-friendly resources that are now available. These resources seek to inform children and adolescents on how they might use the Special Rapporteur to report exploitation and conduct advocacy on this issue. 
To view the report released this month, Click HERE.

SI 'Local to Global', is a recent advocacy tool delivered by Soroptimist International where you will find interviews, features and a whole host of fantastic project stories to inspire you, your club and future members alike.
Click HERE to visit the SI website and view 'Local to Global'.
'Educate, Empower, Enable', celebrates the work of SI during the 2011 - 2015 Quadrennium. It includes features on See Solar, Cook Solar and Birthing in the Pacific, plus two projects from each of the Federations and more! The brochure is available to read or download, from the SI website.
Click HERE to be taken straight to the PDF of Educate, Empower, Enable
Malta Conference 10-12 November 2016 –  Registration is open for the 82nd Soroptimist International of Great Britain & Ireland Federation Conference. This year the conference will take place in Malta with keynote speakers including Dr Helen Sharman, the first British astronaut. Find out more by clicking HERE.

Soroptimist International of the Americas 44th Biennial Convention  20-23 July 2016, took place at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, Orlando, Florida. Click HERE to find out more.

High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development 11 - 20 July 2016 -  HLPF in 2016 is the first since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. The session will include voluntary reviews of 22 countries and thematic reviews of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals, including cross-cutting issues, supported by reviews by the ECOSOC functional commissions and other inter-governmental bodies and forums. With SI UN Reps in New York attending the HLPF, SI submitted a report to the UN to influence how the SDGs are implemented and to ensure that women and girls are included in sustainable development. You can read SI's report by clicking HERE.

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 30 July 2016
"Every country must join together to overcome this transnational threat by supporting and protecting victims while pursuing and prosecuting the criminals. On the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, let us resolve to act as one in the name of justice and dignity for all." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Find out about this years event by clicking HERE.

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