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Welcome to the April 2016 edition of Global Voice. Celebrating the work of the four Soroptimist International Federations, we catch up on all the latest Soroptimist stories from around the world. This issue brings news from Yvonne Simpson, SI President as she reports for us on a recent visit to Venice, and from the charter of SI Hanan Nashif, Jerusalem. SI Dunfermline bring news from Uganda and the 'See Solar, Cook Solar' Appeal, whilst Soroptimist International UN representatives report from New York, and we take a look at some of the inspiring club projects taking place around the globe.

Dunfermline Soroptimists took a two week adventure to the Rwenzori area of Uganda, to see first-hand the impact of the Club's project and more specifically, how ‘See Solar, Cook Solar’ funding is benefiting school children and the community. Read a wonderful blog from Tina Chapman, Programme Action Convenor, SI Dunfermline by clicking HERE.
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This month's round-up of wonderful Soroptimist projects from around the world includes SI Seeheim-Jugenheim, supporting children in an orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and SI Mandaluyong with its project 'Saving Girls-at-Risk'. SI Jamestown lobbies for better legislative protection for women and children in Barbados, and SI of Las Cruces shares holds its annual fundraiser, raising money for local organisations.
Click HERE to catch up on all the projects.
"As of 7 April 2016, there is once again a Soroptimist presence in Jerusalem.The charter of SI Hanan Nashif Jerusalem, represents a new beginning, and new hope. The club comprises of Jewish, Muslim and Christian members: a symbol of how Soroptimists bring unity and show the way forward by working together for peace through mutual tolerance and understanding". Read a report from Soroptimist International President, Yvonne Simpson by clicking HERE.

Financing for Development needs to focus on achieving the aims of the Sustainable Development Goals for transformative change to be achieved. However, how best to do this is still being discussed. In April, the UN forum on Financing for Development in New York, and SI UN Rep Marie D’Amato-Rizzi reports for SI on the forum. 
Click HERE to read the full story.
Just before midnight, on 24 March 2016, governments, civil society and other organisations celebrated the adoption of CSW60’s Agreed Conclusions. These celebrations came after almost eighty hours of negotiations, and now the conclusions will help determine how gender equality is to be included in development efforts moving forward.
Click HERE to read the news story.
The promotion of mental health and well-being as health priorities, now recognised within the global development agenda, is likely to have a positive impact on people and communities worldwide. However, for years many critical mental health issues were not properly considered in international development. Here, SI UN Representative Angelina Akhvlediani examines how the new global Sustainable Development Goals might influence change, and why this is important for women and girls.
Read the blog HERE.
Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific welcomes Theresa Lyford as President for the 2016-2018 Biennium. Theresa's theme for her biennium is 'Shaping our Future - Innovate, Inform, Inspire'. Click HERE for the full story.
6 April saw the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. In a statement Ban Ki-moon said:  "Sport is a unique and powerful tool for promoting dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of every member of the human family". SI interviewed Sonyanga Ole Ngais, Captain of the Maasai Cricket Warriors. Through cricket, Sonyanga and a group of young Maasai men have found a voice - and are taking a stand in the fight against FGM. Click HERE to read their story.
Our Soroptimist International President writes from Venice, where she met with eighty Italian Soroptimists from eighteen clubs at the Hotel Aman, overlooking the famous Grand Canal.
Click HERE to read a blog by Yvonne Simpson.
'Local to Global' is a 54-page brand new advocacy tool celebrating the work of Soroptimist International at local, national and international levels. Packed full of interviews, features and project stories, we do hope that you find some of the information useful in your day to day activities.
Click HERE to view the PDF.

May Diary dates
Vienna 23 - 27 May

Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Annual meeting.

Gyeongju, Republic of Korea 30 May - 1 June
66th UN DPI / NGO Conference

Istanbul, Turkey 23 - 24 May
World Humanitarian Summit

International Day of Families 15 May



At Convention, attendees were given a Soroptimist International special brochure to celebrate the 2011 - 2015 Quadrennium. Educate, Empower, Enable includes features on both See Solar, Cook Solar and Birthing in the Pacific, plus two projects from each of the Federations and lots more. A PDF of the brochure is now available to read or for download, from the members area of the SI website, and also from the home page (lower section on the left). Click on the image below to be taken straight to the PDF of Educate, Empower, Enable. We do hope you enjoy reading it!

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