Soroptimist International is a global organisation for women who wish to work to transform the lives of women and girls worldwide.   It really helps that we hold consultative rights at the United Nations and are recognised as a Non-Governmental organisation representing women.

Soroptimist International Canterbury has been making a difference to the lives of women and girls locally, nationally and internationally since 1961. We achieve this through project work focused on education, empowering and enabling women and girls, awareness raising, advocacy and action and through local partnerships.


Membership of your local club gives an opportunity to:

  • take part in local, national and international projects and fundraising events to benefit women and girls;
  • enjoy service, friendship and fun with women in your location;
  • lobby, influence and make a difference for women at home and abroad;
  • attend international and national conferences, meeting like-minded women from different countries and cultures;
  • access Soroptimist magazines, websites and databases.

We currently support through service and programme action:

Locally – Women’s Refuge, Rising Sun Domestic Violence Service, Canterbury Food Bank, Medaille Trust Charity against trafficking and enslavement

Nationally – Campaigns and projects to eliminate Human Trafficking, FGM, Forced Marriage, Reducing Women’s Imprisonment, Target Ovarian Cancer, Child.org

Internationally – Save the Children, The Meru Women’s Garden project (Kenya), Educate to Lead : Nepal, Amnesty International

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We work in partnership with Amnesty international Canterbury and Save the Children Canterbury.

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Our projects,  Programme Action  Work, are always based on our Soroptimist International Vision and Mission and fall into one of our Programme areas:

Economic Empowerment, Education, Violence Against Women, Food Security and Health, Environmental Sustainability, Advocacy

For news of our CLUB ACTIVITIES 2017 – 2018 please check out our NEWS pages in CLUB MENU or follow the link to our facebook page: Soroptimist International Canterbury