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Welcome to United Kingdom Programme Action Committee (UKPAC)


Soroptimist International is the world’s largest women’s service organisation.  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.

UKPAC is a sub-committee of the Federation Programme Action Team which is led by the Director of Programme who in turn is a member of the Board of Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (SIGBI).   Federation Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) Limited. 

UKPAC Strategic Aims

Our current strategic goal is to ensure that women and girls enjoy equality, live in safe, healthy and equitable environments, have access to education and leadership and practical skills. 


To become more outward facing by working with partners as well as Regions and Clubs to encourage more lobbying and advocacy.

To develop strong, interesting and exciting projects which have a real impact on the lives of women and girls (especially around safety).

To promote work currently being undertaken by Clubs and encourage more cross Regional and Club working by providing support and more toolbox information.

To continue the excellent work carried out over the past 4 years.

By being more outward facing people will know more about what we do and will be encouraged to join Soroptimist International.

UKPAC Objectives

UKPAC exists to act as a support and guide to Regions and Clubs – holding regular meetings, promotions and training where requested/required.

We act as the link or conduit between Regions and Clubs encouraging, promoting, and instigating appropriate projects

We encourage collaboration between Clubs.

The focus of the work of UKPAC is Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and in particular

  • Domestic Abuse and Physical Safety
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Forced Marriage and Honour based Violence
  • Climate Challenge   
  • Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking
  • Reducing Women’s Imprisonment

UKPAC Executive Team


L to R: Christina Rollason (Secretary), Ann Hodgson (Treasurer), Gillie O’Rourke (Chairman),

Christine Corless (Vice Chairman), Keji Moses (Communications)

United Nations 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. United Nations 5Ps (People, Prosperity, Planet, Peace, Partnerships) and the 3Es (Educate, Enable and Empower) and 3As (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.

If you are not a Soroptimist but the work of our organisation appeals to you, consider joining us to work with like-minded women throughout the world for human rights for all, equality, development and peace.

Biennial Study Day – Every other year the Committee stages a Study Day.    .

UKPAC Meetings – The Committee meets quarterly and has been meeting virtually throughout the pandemic.  The committee is meeting in September 2023 at Crowne Plaza 61 Homer Road, Solihull, B91 3QD. Click here for map:


Sharing information

Use the attached Programme Report template to start planning your Club project and remember to input all the information into the programme database at: