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Contains information of interest to individual Members, including Membership Statement, New Members' Pack, how to apply for a Memorial Fund Award, Grants of Friendship/Invitations, and Membership Matters.

Contains all the information you need for the running of a Club, eg Membership Forms, Annual Returns, Club Governance, How to Start a New Club.

Contains information related to running a Region/National Association/Network, eg the purpose of Regions/National Associations/Networks, and Region/NA/Network governance documents

Contains documentation to help you communicate your activities, eg Template Press Releases, SIGBI Brand Guidelines and Logos, good examples of Club Promotional Material, How To Guides.

Contains information related to Programme Activities, eg a page for each Programme Area, Commission on the Status of Women, SIGBI Programme Database.

Contains documentation related to the running of the Federation, eg SIGBI Governance, Vision 2021.

#WhySoroptimist Quotes

As part of Membership Month we’re asking Members why they are a Soroptimist, using the hashtag #WhySoroptimist. Here are some of the replies:

“I’m a Soroptimist because I want to make a difference, to help, to advocate – to learn. If you aren’t, please do ask about a local club!” Sharon McCarthy

“With Members in 132 countries we have a global voice and can help women throughout the world.” Sue Challoner

“I’m a Soroptimist because we are ladies who INSPIRE ACTION, TRANSFORM LIVES AND DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO EDUCATE, EMPOWER AND ENABLE WOMEN AND GIRLS TO ACHIEVE THEIR POTENTIAL.” Rosalie Byrne Muir

“The opportunity to think less of self and more of others” Nneka Chris-Asoluka. Member SI Surulere Nigeria.

” Awareness of local and global issues is one thing. Doing something about it is something else. That’s why I’m a Soroptimist”. Sian Kent SI Bangor.

“I enjoy being part of a worldwide group of women who make a difference to the lives of other women and children.  Made many fantastic friends and we have fun together. We have a voice in the United Nations due to our past projects that have made a difference and some which continue today. We don’t do calendars but our Programme Action work covers 365 days of the year!” Jean Gee

#WhySoroptimist Blog – Pat Black

“Why am I a Soroptimist? Because I believe that by adding my voice to the united voice of Soroptimists and other women’s organisations locally, regionally, nationally and internationally I can bring about changes in society which will improve the lives of women and girls.

I believe, and statistics show, that women and girls are still not given fair and equal recognition as positive contributors to their families and communities.

They are still not given full human rights in many countries and are often in a position where they do not know what those human and legal rights are.

Yes, there are men and boys who live in poverty and are vulnerable but throughout the world it is demonstrable that in many communities men hold power; they hold positions of power which do not recognise women as equals. Throughout the world over centuries the lack of recognition of women as equals has led to abuse and subjugation which continues today. This has led to women’s voices not being heard. This has led to women and girls being given no choice over their life paths or even their own bodies.

In practical terms this gives rise to many issues which as a Soroptimist I can advocate or lobby about.

I believe this means raising my voice, and encouraging others to raise theirs, to support women and girls who want to create a positive change in their lives.

This means:

  • Raising awareness of the extent of modern day slavery and human trafficking in a locality;
  • Protesting on behalf of girls and young women who cannot have access to education;
  • Encouraging women to have the confidence to take leadership roles in their communities;
  • Supporting specialist organisations working to defend girls against FGM or early or forced marriage;
  • Making known what Soroptimists do to ease the lives of women and girls suffering through domestic abuse;
  • Educating men and boys to respect women and girls in their relationships;
  • Exposing the atrocities inflicted on women and girls in conflict zones;
  • My advocacy has a thousand different faces – where does yours take you?

If you believe, like me, that women and girls deserve better add your voice to Soroptimist International.”

Cheshire, North Wales & Wirral – all quotes here.