What is Soroptimism

The name Soroptimism


The name Soroptimism was coined from the latin soror meaning sister and optima meaning best.  Soroptimism is perhaps best interpreted as ‘the best for women’.  Soroptimists have continued to strive to achieve ‘the best for women’ in every sphere of their lives.


Structure and History


The first Soroptimist Club was founded in Oakland, California in 1921 and in the UK in 1924.  There are now over 3000 Clubs flourishing around the world.

Globally Soroptimist international is divided into Federations:

•SI America

•SI Europe

•SI South West Pacific

•SI Great Britain and Ireland

(which includes Anguilla, Antigua, Bangladesh, Barbados, Cameroon, Gambia, Grenada, India, Jamaica, Malawi, Mauritius, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Republic of Ireland, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and Zimbabwe)


Soroptimist Vision


Soroptimist international is a vibrant, dynamic organisation for women.  We are committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong and peaceful communities worldwide.


Soroptimist Mission


Soroptimists inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and international partnerGlobalships.


Soroptimists Voluntary Work – Programme Action


We call our voluntary work Programme Action.  Programme Action is the reason for being a Soroptimist.  It reflects the Vision and Mission of Soroptimist international.

There are five Programme Action areas identified by Soroptimist International:

*Economic Empowerment


*Environmental Sustainability

*Food Security and Healthcare

*Violence and Conflict Resolution

All our work is linked to these areas whether it’s local, national or international. All projects work towards ending poverty, eradicating hunger, providing education for all and preserving the environment.


Soroptimist Values


•Human rights for all

•Global peace and international good will

•Advancing women’s potential

•Integrity and democratic decision making

•Volunteering, diversity and friendship


Soroptimist Goals


1  Soroptimist International will improve the lives and status of women and girls through education,   empowerment and enabling opportunities.

2  Soroptimist will be a global voice for increasing access to education and leadership for women and girls.