FAQS


What is Soroptimist?
Soroptimist is a global women’s organization whose members work to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Soroptimist programs focus on providing women and girls with access to education, which is one of the most effective ways to end social problems disproportionately affecting women and girls.

What does the word “Soroptimist” mean?
Loosely translated from Latin, Soroptimist is a coined term meaning “best for women.”

When was Soroptimist formed?
The first Soroptimist club was formed in 1921 by a group of 80 women in Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA.

How can women join Soroptimist?
Women who are interested in joining a Soroptimist club should visit the ‘Home page’ their local club, or  contact Soroptimist headquarters at SIGBI

Why does Soroptimist focus on women and girls?
Soroptimist was formed because in 1921 women who were interested in volunteering in their communities were not permitted to join male service organisations. Since that time, the organisation has worked to help women improve their standing in the world. Despite tremendous strides, women still do not enjoy equal economic or social status with their male counterparts. As an organization of and for women, Soroptimists feels uniquely qualified to tackle the challenges facing today’s women and girls.

What programs does Soroptimist offer?
Soroptimists offers several programs that improve the lives of women and girls. In addition to participating in programs offered by the organisation, clubs work on local projects that benefit women and girls, based on the needs of their communities.

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