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  • European Institutions Issue Joint Statement on Gender-Based Violence

    On the occasion of the Conference in Malta on EU responses to gender-based violence on 3 February, representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council Presidency signed a joint statement calling on the Member States: 

    - To ratify the Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) for those Member States not having done so yet;

    - To fully and effectively implement the Istanbul(...)

  • Women Economic Forum will take place in The Hague 27 – 28 January 2017

    Everyone is welcome and the fee for the 2 days is 50 euro which includes lunch. The organisers invite all of us. There is a WEF in many Soroptimist and Women for Water Partnership (WfWP) countries.

    If there are any Dutch Soroptimists or WfWP members who are interested please join Mariet Verhoef-Cohen in The Hague. She will be on panels on “The Power of Education to Make a Positive Change to Our World” and “Women Leading in IT & STEAM-Road Ahead”.

    You can find more information on(...)

  • Invest in a Scholarship!

    Invest in a Scholarship! and give a woman or a girl the opportunity to realise her dreams and potential. The grant will be attributed to a female student interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

    Our biennium theme is “Soroptimist Invest in Education” and surely, education is one of the greatest gifts we can give to the next generation - with your help we can make this a reality!

    Show your solidarity, your support will truly make a difference!


  • Launch of the project My Book Buddy : Register now!

    Soroptimist International of Europe partners with My Book Buddy to Combat Illiteracy: Register!

    Geneva, 7 September 2016 – Soroptimist International of Europe (SIE), the largest Federation of the worldwide organization of women in management and professions, will partner with the Dutch organization, My Book Buddy (MBB), to provide disadvantaged women and girls with greater access to books in a joint effort to combat illiteracy. ‘We are pleased to announce this partnership on the 50th(...)

  • Day 16 - A Video Message from the President marks the end of 16 Days of Activism

    As the 16 Days of Activism campaign to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls draws to a close on 10 December, Human Rights Day, SIE President Maria Elisabetta de Franciscis praises the imagination and creativity of Soroptimists around the Federation in raising awareness of this important issue and providing support through projects. ‘We sincerely hope that the campaign initiated by UN Women to “orange the world” and actively supported by Soroptimist International of(...)