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Soroptimist International - South East England

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

Welcome to our Region

As Soroptimists we are members of the largest women’s service organisation in the world. Our Region is part of the Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) Federation.  There are 11 Soroptimist Clubs and 2 school clubs within the South East England Region. See the map of the Region.


As Soroptimists we work to improve the lives of women and girls locally, nationally and internationally by helping them to achieve their potential and aspirations through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities.


President Lynne Chiswick’s Message

I am delighted to have been invited to be the incoming President for SI South East England Region and to support the important work being undertaken by clubs.

Having spent a large part of my career teaching and managing in schools, colleges and university, and with a strong focus on the education and training of women and girls, you won’t be surprised to hear that my theme for the coming year is ‘Educate to Empower and Enable’. It is also a basis for our Soroptimist vision.

As well as inviting speakers on different aspects of education during the year, I would like to promote some of the excellent projects within our region focusing on the education of women and girls in the UK and abroad.

I am proposing a Regional Project that supports the impressive work of The Girls Network (TGN), a charity that works to inspire and empower girls aged 13-19 by connecting girls with mentors and a network of professional women. There are 110 girls in our Region who will be undertaking the scheme this academic year. TGN hope some of our members will consider becoming mentors. I would also like to ask Clubs to raise £100 during the year to provide an inspirational book, containing a SISEE bookplate, to every girl who completes the mentoring scheme in our Region.

I am really looking forward to the year ahead and visiting clubs and taking part in Regional activities.

Lynne Chiswick

Recent Activity

Region News

President Lynne attends SI Croydon’s ‘Loud and Proud’ event

This year 12 girls from six local schools took part in SI Croydon’s Loud and…

Who was the SIGBI Photo of the Month winner in February?

Congratulations to Medway and Maidstone Soroptimists who are the winners of SIGBI’s February 2023 Photo…

Have you read the February edition of SEE News?

If you want to know what has been happening across the South East England region…

Have you read the latest SEE Newsletter?

Take a look at what our clubs have been up to in January. Dont forget…

President Lynne attends SI Bromley’s Coffee Morning

President Lynne attended SI Bromley’s coffee morning.  This was held in support of the ‘Women…

Have you read the December edition of SEE News?

As Soroptimists welcomed the New Year in, one of the first emails in 2023 was…

President Cathy Cottridge comes to South East England Region

Federation President Cathy Cottridge joined the afternoon session of the Regional meeting on 24 September.

What were the highlights of President Yvonne’s Year?

At the September Regional meeting President Yvonne took us on her journey as Regional President.

Who made Patches of Peace for SI San Fernando’s 60th?

This year SI San Fernando in Trinidad and Tobago celebrates their 60th anniversary of charter….