Welcome to the website of SI SWCI
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Wecome to our website for South West and Channel Islands Region. I am delighted that you have accessed this facility and you will find pictures and news of what we are doing in 2022-2023. This picture was taken when I attended SI Weston-super-Mare Railing Against Abuse event in 2022. It was a brilliant example of Soroptimist clubs working together to improve the lives of women.
SWCI is part of Soroptimists International global volunteer movement working to transform the lives of women and girls through a network of over 70,000 club members in 121 countries and territories worldwide. There are five Federations; Soroptimist International of the Americas, Soroptimist International of Great Britain & Ireland (SIGBI), to which SWCI belongs, Soroptimist International of Europe, Soroptimist International of South West Pacific, and Soroptimist International African Federation.
Soroptimist International (SI) and SIGBI both have consultative status at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations (UN), which gives us a voice on important discussion papers, and allows us to attend the Commission on the Status of Women in New York each March, and contribute to the “Agreed Conclusions”. This status would not be possible without the fantastic work being done by our Members.
Soroptimist International South West and Channel Islands Region comprises 16 Soroptimist Clubs. Our Clubs spread geographically from Gloucestershire in the north and Wiltshire in the east, down to Cornwall in the deepest south west and include Guernsey and Jersey in the Channel Islands.
Click Here to see the Clubs in our region.
Here in the South West and Channel Islands we pride ourselves on the Programme Action work – Projects – that our Clubs do at local, national and international level.
80,000 Soroptimists Worldwide
We have nearly 80,000 Soroptimists worldwide, the majority of whom belong to their local Club, where they can make friends with like-minded women, have fun and work on projects that help improve the lives of women and girls locally, nationally and internationally.
7,000 Soroptimist members in SIGBI
Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI), across 320 clubs. SIGBI also offers Associate Membership, for busy women who believe in what we do but do not have the time to get involved in Club activities.
Soroptimist International (SI) and SIGBI both have consultative status at the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations (UN), which gives us a voice on important discussion papers.
SIGBI United Kingdom Programme Action Committee (UKPAC)’s video describing their work:
SI Bristol Knitted Teddy Bears
SI Plymouth participate in the ‘Love in a Box’ project
SI Swindon takes part in a Court Observations Project on Domestic Abuse cases
Calling all knitters – SI Tiverton needs your help with long sleeve baby vests!
Soroptimist International has consultative status with the United Nations and so we are able to inform them on women’s issues, particularly relating to human rights and especially to improve the status of women and girls. We are able to raise awareness of global and local issues; and lobby collectively; and take action by service involvement and fund raising through social events.
The Soroptimist International Vision is that women and girls will achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide.
Soroptimists’ Mission is to transform the lives and status of women and girls through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities.
Do you want to make a difference to Women and Girls around the World?
Taking action by signing a petition can really make change happen. Petitions are a great way to get your views heard by Government, get Journalists to take notice or raise awareness about a certain issue. There are many different petitions in circulation, so the SIGBI Project Team has selected a few which they feel are right for Soroptimists to support.
Additionally, if you would like to contact your local MP about any issues, you can search for their details here.
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