‘What we do’ as Soroptimists is usually referred to as Programme Action. It is core to what we are about as Soroptimists that separates us out from other women’s organisations.
Regional Programme Action Officer
Penny Robbins is the Regional Programme Action Officer. She represents the Region on the UK Programme Action Committee (UKPAC). Information on programme action (PA) activities and best practice is shared with clubs. Her latest report to read is SISEE Region Programme Action Updates Feb 2023
Clubs are asked to share what they have been doing at our Regional meetings. Here is an example of one of the presentations shown by SI Medway and Maidstone.
She also ensures that clubs report what they do by completing a form on-line on the Programme database. In 2022 clubs in our Region submitted 240 Programme Focus Forms with details of their PA activities stating how they had supported women and girls.
Consultative Status at the United Nations
Soroptimist International is the world’s largest women’s service organisation with consultative status at the United Nations. Through our Consultative Status at the United Nations, we strive for equality, peace and international understanding. We are committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong and peaceful communities worldwide.
Sustainable Development Goals
Every Soroptimist Club across the Region devises, plans and carries out project work – known as Programme Action based on the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
The 5 ‘P’s
All the project work that we undertake supports the United Nations 5Ps (People, Prosperity, Planet, Peace, Partnerships). Through our programme action we aim to Educate, Enable and Empower women and girls through raising Awareness, Advocacy and Action. We aim to bring about significant improvements for all by 2030, opening up all sorts of opportunities for achievement of aims to help women and girls be the best they can be through inspiring action and transforming lives.
SIGBI President Cathy Cottridge at Region with UN SDG Flag – September 2022
Support to Foodbanks
Clubs across the Region are involved in range of activities supporting their local communities such as Foodbanks. Some make donations, others volunteer, and others do food collections.