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The Objects and Purposes of Soroptimism

The objects of SI are to act as a global voice for women through awareness, advocacy and action and to strive for:-

  • the advancement of the status of women
  • high ethical standards
  • human rights for all
  • equality, development and peace

The purposes of SI are to

  • unite Soroptimist Federations throughout the world
  • co-operate with inter-governmental and other organisations for the advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace
  • promote the objects of Soroptimism throughout the world

The Vision of Soroptimist International

Soroptimist International is a vibrant, dynamic organisation for today’s professional and business 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 International’s Mission

Through international partnerships and a global network of members, Soroptimists inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls by: Advocating for equity and equality: Creating safe and healthy environments: Increasing access to education: Developing leadership and practical skills for a sustainable future 

Programme  Action

We call our voluntary work and our work for service projects ‘Programme Action’. Programme Action is the reason for being a Soroptimist. It reflects the Vision and the Mission of Soroptimist International.

SI Durham’s ongoing service projects include St. Cuthbert’s Hospice Coffee Shop, support for the County Durham Women’s Refuges, and the provision of New Start Bags for trafficked women to Durham Police. Other initiatives are decided on a yearly basis.