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Soroptimist International - Derby

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

Soroptimist International Derby – who are we and what do we do?

Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement of women who work together in order to transform the lives of women and girls. Originally founded in 1921 in the USA, it has today, nearly 80,000 members in 124 countries. It is one of the few charitable organisations that has a voice at the United Nations.

Soroptimists work at local, national and international levels aiming to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls. Our vision is that they will achieve their individua and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide. Our endeavours are to treat all with dignity and respect, have no party political affiliation and work with all who share our objectives.

Our club in Derby was founded in 1937. We are a group of professional and business women who meet once a month, and regularly hear from inspiring speakers on issues pertaining to women past, present and future. Locally our club continues to support women escaping from domestic violence, provide gifts for children leaving care and help with projects to support women who may be experiencing difficulties with childbearing and mental wellbeing. We also aim to help young girls to recognise opportunities available to them.

In addition. each year we hold several fundraising activities to support our sisters in other countries. Recently we have supported the Meru project in Africa which taught local women farming techniques so that they could feed their families. We also supported Toilet Twinning in Asia, enabling the safety and dignity or women and girls and enabling continued school attendances. Another project we have supported is the Chora-Chori Project , which assists girls in Nepal to escape from forced under age marriage and  trafficking  and to provide a safe house and education.

Our latest international project is the Rosie-May Foundation (

Part of their work is the provision of Pink Tuk-Tuks and training women to be drivers of these taxis so that not only can the women generate a sustainable income for their families, but also provide personal safety for women and girls travelling to work and school.

We welcome new members – please contact us to arrange to join one of our meetings to see if you would like to join in with our work. Have a look at the rest of our website so that you can see some of the work that we are currently involved in and projects that we have completed.


We meet at 7.00 pm on the first Thursday of each month. We are pleased to report that we are now able to return to meeting at the Sleep Inn at the back of the Kings Highway pub on the Kingsway Retail Park. We meet for a meal at the pub at 6.00pm for those who want to , followed by the business meeting at the Sleep Inn.  Any potential new members who wish to find out more about our work are welcome to join us for the meal prior to the business meeting so that you can get to meet us socially.

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