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Our Projects

Introduction to our projects by Programme Director, Kay Richmond

Kay Richmond, SIGBI Programme DirectorSoroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) is one of five Federations of Soroptimist International.

We all work to help improve the lives of women and girls worldwide, using our networks to deliver projects relevant in our own localities and universally.  Many of the problems facing women and girls are the same everywhere, for example gender inequality, but there are particular problems in each continent, country, region and locality.

Our special status at the UN helps us to engage with UN entities as well as soroptimists worldwide.

Our current focus is helping to implement projects which work toward achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs – https://sdgs.un.org/goals). We do this through our own projects and working in partnership with others at home and abroad.

Our projects range from supporting local charities (e.g. women’s refuges) to those at country and international levels through our Federation’s countries  and with the other Federations and their clubs.

In the UK we have a UK Programme Action Committee (UKPAC) to which all UK Regions and Clubs belong. They work on projects specifically based in the UK, such as our Women in Prisons project in conjunction with The Prison Reform Trust. More recently, UKPAC has been working on improving legal protection for survivors of domestic abuse within the Domestic Abuse Bill.

The 5Ps and SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals)

We call our activities Programme Action (PA) and they are grouped into the UN’s 5Ps. Each of our Assistant Programme Directors focuses on one of these areas, and you can read more about the work being done by Soroptimists under each P by following the links below:

We work through Education, Empowerment and Enablement (3Es) supported by Awareness (raising), Advocacy and Action (3As).

Where We Stand

Soroptimist International’s “Where We Stand” statements clearly state our position on each of the issues being addressed. Please see the individual statements below and select the areas of interest to you for further information:

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