Hilary Ratcliffe has been a Soroptimist for over 30 years. She was appointed International Programme Director in 2011. This role coordinates the advocacy and awareness raising role of Soroptimist International which uses the grassroots projects from all around the world to inform our voice at the United Nations. We have representation at six centres and attend high profile events such as the Commission on the Status of Women .Working in partnership with other international NGOs, we advocate on behalf of women and girls and argue for the promotion of women's education and leadership roles. As a result of this work, she was awarded the OBE by the Queen for services to promoting gender equality internationally in 2014.