What we do

March 2017 - Soroptimist London Chilterns Region - International Women’s Day #BeBoldForChange
February 2017 - SI Leeds at their Literary Prize which is the award for unpublished fiction by Black and Asian women
January 2017 - Soroptimists Bombay North hold good touch, bad touch sessions for women and children in Mumbai
December 2016 - Soroptimists from Southwest & Channel Islands marched as part of UN Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
November 2016 - Scotland South Region Celebrating 80th Anniversary
Lewisham and South East London supporting women in Uganda
September 2016 - St Austell took part in the Annual Marine Conservation Society Beachclean & Survey
July 2016 Winner - SI Gandhara, Pakistan here with Talat Pasha drinking tea in their personalised mugs!
August 2016 Winner - SI Lichfield & District have knit these Twiddlemuffs for Dementia sufferers in their local community
February 2016 winner - Ilkley Soroptimists preparing for their Fairtrade Fortnight event
SI Lichfield’s Photo Dresses for Kenyan Orphanage
Sep Winner SI Swindon and District! For International Literacy Day SI Swindon and District donated two boxes of new books to Drove Primary School for their library.
October Winner SI Heswall in the school kitchen she funded in Malawi
April Winner - SI Winchester and District - Stairway of Shoes
May Winner - SI Cardiff - Educate a girl . .
June Winner SI South Lancashire
July Winner - Cheshire North Wales and Wirral - Peace Garden Activity for Children in the Soroptimist Tent
August Winner SI Newtown Ready for a day of painting
November winner SI Liverpool paintings from children from familes of domestic abuse
December Winner SI Kirkcaldy sponsored Kirkcaldy Rugby Team shirts
January Winner Grange over Sands Candle Lit Vigil for the Peshawar victims
February Winner- SI Chester Founder Members at Charter Ceremony
March Winner - SI Pretoria Mapula Embroidery Project received money to buy special food for Christmas
April 2015 Winner - SI Croydon Loud & Proud Girls from Public Speaking Competition
May 2015 SI Freetown opening of the MMCET water supply
June 2015 - SI Tiverton & District have been busy knitting vests for new born babies in Africa
July 2015 - SI Kidderminster & District made dresses for a Ugandan orphanage
August 2015 - SI Chester Back a winner -  be a toilet-twinner
September 2015 Winner - SI Cockermouth Boat Race and rasing money for Alzheimer's UK
October 2015 winner - Cart taking children to School provided by SI Kettering & District
November 2015 winner - London Chilterns Region waving a copy of the book But It's Not Fair
December 2015 Winner - SI Ramsbottom Eggheads win paid for primary school children to be fed for a whole year
January 2016 - SI Leigh & District highlighting bra collection initiative
March 2016 - SI Dewsbury & District having fun whilst raising money for Water Aid
April 2016 Winner - SI Wales South - hands working together for women and girls world wide!
May 2016 Winner - Cheshire, North Wales and Wirral Meeting Members with Badges
June 2016 Winner - St Austell having fun and raising money for local Women's Refuge

 

 

 

 

 

 

The photographs above demonstrate a small part of what Soroptimists do, and many also show the fun that Members have doing it

80,000 Soroptimists Worldwide

There are nearly 80,000 Soroptimists worldwide, the majority of whom belong to their local Club, where they can make friends with like-minded women, have fun and work on projects that help improve the lives of women and girls locally, nationally and internationally.

Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) also offers Associate Membership, for busy women who believe in what we do but do not have the time to get involved in Club activities.

Soroptimist International (SI) and SIGBI both have consultative status at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations (UN), which gives us a voice on important discussion papers, and allows us to attend the Commission on the Status of Women in New York each March, and contribute to the “Agreed Conclusions”. This status would not be possible without the fantastic work being done by our Members.

Join Us and help us to Make That Difference to Women and Girls worldwide.

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Our Work

Clubs choose projects to work on that tackle one of the five Programme Areas identified by Soroptimist International:

  • Economic Empowerment
  • Education
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Food Security and Healthcare
  • Violence and Conflict Resolution

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Club Members and Associate Members can support their projects by practical and/or financial support, or by Advocacy (lobbying governments and raising awareness of the issue).

Find out more about our projects in these areas

Our Publications

We publish two magazines regularly, which we would encourage everyone to read. Why not have a cup of coffee and browse the pages for more information on what we do.

Soroptimist News

Soroptimist News is our in-house magazine, but it’s not just for Members! There is so much information contained within its 24 pages, that we encourage everyone to read it.

It is published four times a year, in February, May, August and December. Members receive each issue by post, but you can also subscribe to receive a copy by post at only £9.80 per year including postage and packing.

Read the February 2017 issue of Soroptimist News

 

 

Programme Action Magazine (PAM)

PAM - April 2017_PagePAM is published on the first of each month, and contains articles and information concerning each of the five Programme Areas listed above, as well as Advocacy.

It will be of interest to anyone who is interested in Human Rights, particularly those concerning women and girls. It’s only two pages long, so take a few minutes to read it and keep informed!

Read the latest issue of PAM

 

 

Organisation-wide Projects

 

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As well as supporting their own projects, Clubs and Members also support a number of SI and SIGBI charities and projects. Full details of all these, as well as the opportunity to donate to them, are given on the Our Charities page.