Who we are
Soroptimist International is a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls with nearly 80,000 Members in 124 countries.
Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) has 8000 Members in 350 Clubs in 28 countries including Great Britain, Ireland and countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Malta, who work at a local, national and international level to educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls. Search for your nearest Club now.
Women and girls will achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide.
Soroptimists transform the lives and status of women and girls through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities.
The Objects of the Company are to promote either directly or by the encouragement and support of others including Clubs:
(a) the advancement of education;
(b) the advancement of health and saving lives;
(c) the relief and/or prevention of poverty;
(d) the advancement of good citizenship and community development;
(e) the advancement of human rights throughout the world by all or any of the following means:
- relieving need among victims of human rights abuse;
- research into human rights redress, eg modern day slavery;
- educating the public about human rights abuse, raising awareness of human rights issues and promoting support for human rights;
(f) the advancement of equality and diversity.
What does Soroptimist mean?
The name Soroptimist was coined from the Latin soror meaning sister, and optima meaning best.
Soroptimist is perhaps best interpreted as ‘the best for women’. From the founding of the first Soroptimist club in Oakland, California, in 1921, through to the present day where over 3000 Clubs are flourishing throughout the world, Soroptimists have continued to strive to achieve ‘the best for women’ in every sphere of their lives.
The Federation Management Board (FMB) consists of 12 elected Members who manage and oversee the organisation. We also have a team of staff based in Stockport who provide support to Members.
Our Programme Team are elected Members who provide expertise in the six key areas of our work; Advocacy, Economic Empowerment, Education, Environmental Sustainability, Food Security and Health Care and Violence and Conflict Resolution.
Join us today and you will belong to an organisation of women working to improve the lives of women and girls locally, nationally and internationally.