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Soroptimist International - India

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

Welcome to SI India

About NASI

The year 2021 may be looked upon as a historic year for Soroptimists globally. As the organization marked its 100 glorious years, Soroptimists worldwide were experiencing a prolonged pandemic – one that halted our work distant-ed members and converted everyone into online experts.

For NASI – it was for the first time that the executive team that took up positions, virtually and conducted all matters through online contact. We looked forward to 2022 to be where the distancing would vanish- however so far that’s not the prediction.

However, Soroptimists being resilient women- they know how to adapt their projects, evolve methods and processes to continue the work for women and girls in our communities.  And so, build back better it is. Two new Clubs were Chartered in 2021

The NASI Story

NASI – National Association of Soroptimist International clubs of India is the parent body of the SI Clubs in India. The body was established in 1990. All the SI Clubs are with the Federation of Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland(SIGBI)

Today, we have 17 SI Clubs in India. Kolkata (2), Burdwan(2), Mumbai (3) Pune (2), Bangalore (2), Chennai (2), Coimbatore, Kochi, Madurai and Hyderabad. The youngest club is SI Kochi chartered in Sept 2021.

Bombay North was the first club established in India. Over a period of time Calcutta, Burdwan, Jabalpur, North Bombay and South Bombay chapters were formed. SI Bombay North is still going strong, while some of the earlier clubs have since ceased to exist.

The Federation was keen to see a National Region in India. Chitra Ghosh from Calcutta and Antoinette D ‘Costa from South Bombay were instrumental in forming the National Body. The NASI Board was formed only in 1990-91 with Aroti Dutta as the first NASI President. The main officials at that time were the President, Secretary, Treasurer, Pres-Elect and PAC.  The post of Councillor came later in 2003-4.

NASI conducts meetings twice a year, an Executive Committee Meeting and an AGM. The meetings are attended by the NASI Board, Club Representatives, Programme Action Chairpersons of all Clubs. These are occasions to learn from each other, build friendships and revisit our commitment to transform the lives of women and girls.


A century of work done across the global to improve the lives of women and girls, a century of partnerships, friendships and international commitments. The organization has played crucial roles during the war years, during climatic upheavals and times of human tragedies. So, celebrations of the successes were in order.

Despite the pandemic times Soroptimist International celebrated its achievements if only virtually.

Visit the Centenary page

You can also read a detailed history of the growth of Soroptimist in India.

To mark the 100 years a special video has been produced: