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Programme Action and Our Projects

Soroptimist International is a world -wide service organisation which provides dynamic opportunities to transform the lives and status of women and girls. We work on projects to EDUCATE, EMPOWER & ENABLE women and girls, observing these five objectives – PEOPLE – PLANET – PROSPERITY – PARTNERSHIPS – PEACE.

This is Programme Action. Each Soroptimist Club identifies the needs of local, national and international communities and establishes projects to address these needs. Clubs are able to network globally and form international partnerships.

Programme Action is the most important aspect of the organisation as without it there would be no excitement, no action and no fulfilment of our aims and objectives. Our projects link to one or more of the Programme Focus areas which are:

  • Food Security and Health
  • Learning Opportunities
  • Economic Empowerment
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Violence and Conflict Resolution

Every four years, an International Programme  is developed which     
concentrates more directly on one of the above areas. For the 2019-2012 project, SI President Sharon Fisher has selected The Road to Equality, which aims to advance the human rights and equality of women and girls through empowerment and education. Gender Equality is a cross cutting issue and women and girls are at the centre.

The projects listed in this section include some of the local, national and international projects in which SI Southport are currently involved.

Soroptimist International Southport is actively participating in the following projects:

Don McMath Foundation School – sponsorship of four girls at the school

‘Smalls for All’ – recycling key items of underwear to women

Supporting Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid (SWACA)

Plus our Federation project 2019 – 2022: EMPOWERING GIRLS IN NEPAL

In Nepal, reported cases of rape have quadrupled in the past ten years. Girls’ lives are being destroyed as they face not only the violence and long-term mental trauma but also the stigma associated with rape. UK registered charity ChoraChori (the Nepali word for ‘children’) is leading the fight back as it supports victims and their families and brings rapists to justice.

Empowering Girls in Nepal is a three-year collaboration between ChoraChori and Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland. The project supports rape survivors, trafficked and vulnerable girls as they rebuild their lives, empowering them through education and training into gainful employment and a future within society.