Soroptimist International

Soroptimist International (SI) is a worldwide organisation of professional women, building a better world for women and girls through AWARENESS, ADVOCACY andACTION.

· Soroptimist International is the world’s largest service organization of women in professions with about 90 000 members in over 3000 clubs, present in 125 countries

· the first Soroptimist club was founded in 1921 in Oakland, California (USA)

· the European Federation of SI was established in Paris in 1929 and now has over 35 000 members in 1230 clubs in 60 countries

· the name Soroptimist is derived from the Latin words 'soror' and 'optimum', interpreted as 'the best for women'

· Soroptimist International is composed of four Federations, each comprising a number of Unions or Regions that are made up of Clubs

· Soroptimists are committed to international friendship initiatives, decision-making at all levels of society, and service and networking in local, national and international communities

Soroptimist International works to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and at national and international levels. Through international goodwill, understanding, and friendship, Soroptimists worldwide stand for the advancement of the status of women, high ethical standards, human rights for all, equality, empowerment, and peace. Soroptimist International is concerned with international and national issues that relate to its objectives and programmes. As a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with general consultative status at the United Nations (UN), Soroptimist representatives have direct access to, and a voice at, the UN centres in New York, Geneva, Vienna, Rome, Nairobi and Paris.

Our Goals

Every four years, during an International Board meeting, SI decides on a Programme of Action, known as the Programme Focus. The Programme Focus Objectives serve as guidelines for club actions.

The Programme Focus Objectives for 2011-2013 are based on the UN Millennium Development goals and aim to resolve the most important challenges of our society:

To increase access to formal and non-formal learning opportunities.

To  improve access to economic empowerment and sustainable opportunities for the employment of women.

To  eliminate violence against women and girls and ensure women’s participation in conflict resolution.

To  ensure women and girls have food security and access to the highest attainable standard of health care.

To  address the specific needs of women and girls by improving environmental sustainability, and mitigating effects of climate change and disasters.


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