Who We Are
Welcome to the website of Soroptimist International of Scotland South Region.
The photos appearing above have been taken at SI SS R Council Meetings, Club and Region Events and are changed weekly.
Soroptimist International of Scotland South region (SI SS R) is one of the Regions within Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) Ltd, www.sigbi.org, which in turn is one of the four Federations, soon to be five, within Soroptimist International (SI); www.soroptimistinternational.org. At the SI Board Meeting immediately preceding the SI Convention in Kuala Lumpur, July 2019, the creation of a new Africa Federation was approved and could be chartered as soon as April 2020, when the next African Biennial Conference takes place on the Ivory Coast. Scotland has two Regions, Scotland North and Scotland South. Our Federation, SIGBI, was granted Special Consultative Status by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, award notified on 14 08 2013. To find out more visit www.un.org/en/ecosoc. – United Nations Social and Economic Council.
Soroptimist: the word is a combination of the Latin words “soror” meaning Sister and “optima” meaning best – so, we want the best for women.
Soroptimist Vision: Women and girls will achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong and peaceful communities worldwide.
Soroptimist Mission: Soroptimists transform the lives and status of women and girls through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities.
The principles of Soroptimism are to strive for:
- The advancement of the status of women;
- High ethical standards;
- Human rights for all;
- Equality, development and peace; and
- The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace.
Number of Clubs in Scotland South Region:
As from March 2016 there are 10 Clubs in Scotland South Region:
SI Dunfermline: sigbi.org/dunfermline
SI Edinburgh: sigbi.org/edinburgh
SI Falkirk: sigbi.org/falkirk
SI Girvan and District: Enquirers please use Contact Us page on this website
SI Glasgow City: sigbi.org/glasgow-city
SI Kirkcaldy: sigbi.org/kirkcaldy
SI Kirkintilloch and District: sigbi.org/kirkintilloch
SI Paisley: sigbi.org/paisley
SI West Lothian: sigbi.org/west-lothian
Proposed SSR Area Club 2019:
The new Club will be innovative in its format, made up of “Satellite Groups” which will meet independently at venues and times suited to the members. Meetings can be held at coffee shops, community halls, in mornings, afternoons or evenings.
The Area Club will be organised in a flexible way with some face to face meetings and will make use of available technologies for communication.
SSR Area Club 2019 is intended to attract women in rural areas and those who may find it inconvenient to attend a conventional Club.
26 10 2019 Change of Insignia Ceremony: SIGBI 85th Federation Conference, Bournemouth:
Incoming SI SS R President Tina Chapman, SI Dunfermline, received her Chain of Office from Incoming SIGBI President Isobel Smith. To follow President Tina on her travels during her year in office visit: https://sigbi.org/scotland-south/si-ss-r-president-tina-chapmans-messages
25 11 2019 UN Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women; photos in slide show below show buildings/ sculpture floodlit orange in support.
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