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Soroptimist International ( is a global volunteer movement which works to transform the lives of women and girls worldwide.  It has been around since 1921, so almost 100 years, and there are currently nearly 80,000 members in 124 countries.

What does the name “Soroptimist” mean?  It was created form the Latin “SOROR“, meaning SISTER, and “OPTIMA“, meaning BEST.   The name Soroptimist is perhaps best interpreted as “The Best for Women”.   Thus, as our name suggests, we work to create the best for our sisters, that is to create opportunities to educate, empower and enable women and girls to seek out and reach their potential, through projects which support

  • Human Rights and the status of women
  • Fostering International goodwill and understanding
  • Education
  • Health
  • The Environment
  • Economic and social development.

We aim to be a global voice for women through Awareness, Advocacy and Action, and our goals are aligned to the United Nations Global Sustainable Development Goals:

Soroptimists work internationally, nationally, within regions and locally. With speaking rights with a number of UN organisations and partnerships with other organisations throughout the world our work has ranged from lobbying against landmines, providing fresh water for villagers in developing countries, and to improve birthing in Papua New Guinea, increasing the survival rate and health of both women and babies.  The current international project targets Women, Water and Leadership, and seeks to support projects that provide women and girls with the capacity, experience and education needed to manage water resources and gain careers in water-related professions.  Read more about this here: