What we do
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.
Clubs choose projects to work on that tackle one of the five Programme Areas identified by Soroptimist International:
- Economic Empowerment
- Environmental Sustainability
- Food Security and Healthcare
- Violence and Conflict Resolution
All our work is linked to the Sustainable Development Goals whether it’s local, national or international. All projects work towards ending poverty, eradicating hunger, providing education for all and preserving the environment.
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).
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 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.
Programme Action Magazine (PAM)
PAM 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!
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.