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Soroptimist International - Canterbury

Soroptimist International of Canterbury is part of a worldwide organisation of women, which is linked to the United Nations.

Welcome to SI Canterbury

Are you looking for a local women’s club with international influence? Find out more about Soroptimist International and SI Canterbury.

Soroptimist International is a global organisation of women working to transform the lives of women and girls worldwide.   It helps that we hold consultative rights at the UN and are recognised as a Non-Governmental organisation representing women.

SI Canterbury has been making a difference to the lives of women and girls locally, nationally and internationally since 1961. We achieve this through Programme Action 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 to support women and girls
  • Enjoy service, friendship and fun with like minded women
  • Lobby, influence and make a difference for women at home and abroad
  • Attend international and national conferences, meeting 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,

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


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

Our  Programme Action  Work is 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 please check out our NEWS or PROJECT WORK pages in CLUB MENU or follow the link to our facebook page: Soroptimist International Canterbury

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