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Welcome to the September Edition of Global Voice

In this months edition, SI announces its new President for the 2017-2019  biennium, Mariet Verhoef-Cohen and her plans for her term. To celebrate International Literacy Day, a special event was held at UNESCO Paris, organised by several Soroptimists, with SI President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen in attendance. Read articles written by Soroptimists, including human trafficking and World Peace Day. As her biennium comes to an end, SI President 2015 - 2017 Yvonne Simpson gives a personal message of thanks. Visit to find more fantastic news stories and blogs.  
We hope you enjoy the issue.


Inauguration of SI President 2017 - 2019, Mariet Verhoef-Cohen

During SI's Board meeting in July in Rotterdam, Mariet Verhoef-Cohen was inaugurated as President of Soroptimist International for the 2017 – 2019 biennium.


Global Compact on Migration

Read a blog from Soroptimist Kay Richmond, who visited the UN centre in Vienna for the Fifth Informal Thematic Session for Global Compact on Migration, and met with SI UN Representatives Dora Vrdlovec and Christine Peer.


SI Board Restructure

During July's Board meeting, the directors unanimously agreed to restructure the SI Board to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Read the following statement which outlines the decision.


Understanding the Gender Dimension of Water and Waste

SI President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen gave a presentation during Stockholm Water Week, underlining the connections between gender, waste, and water. Read the solutions Mariet provided to ensure women’s expertise and skills are used to improve our water and waste management systems


Peace Day 2017: Together for Peace

The United Nations observes International Day of Peace every year on 21 September, Sarah Cowley from SI Moreton North Inc, Australia, and her group’s Peace Crane Project were invited to speak at the United Nations event in New York.

Literacy, Lifelong Learning, A Sustainable Future For All

To celebrate International Literacy Day, the French Union of SI organised a Conferences and Debates Day on 11 September in UNESCO, Paris. Read a blog written by Evelyne Para, President of SI France.


Inaugural Speech of SI President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen

On Saturday 29 July, Mariet Verhoef-Cohen was inaugurated as the Soroptimist International President, for the 2017 – 2019 biennium. Read her inaugural speech.


World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

To raise awareness of possibly the greatest social injustice of our time, Gina Vucci of SI Marin County, California writes a blog.


SI President 2015 -2017 Yvonne Simpson's Final Farewell

As her biennium comes to an end, SI President 2015 - 2017 Yvonne Simpson gives a personal message of thanks.


Rules of Water, Rules for Life

SI President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen attends ‘Rules of Water, Rules for Life’, the first edition of an annual conference held in Milan.
SI UN Representative Recruitment
SI are recruiting new representatives to the UN centres in Nairobi and Vienna. Closing date for applications is 6 October. 
SI President Attends World Water Week
SI President, Mariet Verhoef-Cohen attends World Water Week to discuss the most pressing water-related challenges of today.
International Literacy Day
A blog by Immediate Past President, Yvonne Simpson to celebrate the 51st International Literacy Day.

  • International Day of the Girl Child, 11 October
  • Diversity unites! - Governments and NGOs: Together against radicalisation, Vienna, 12 October
  • International Food Day, 16 October
  • International Summit 'Water and Climate: Meeting of the Great Rivers of the World, Rome, 23-25 October
  • SI Members Area of the SI website - coming soon!

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