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What Is Soroptimism?

Soroptimist International is a worldwide organisation for women, working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women.

The word Soroptimist comes from the Latin words soror meaning “sister” and optima meaning “best”, and loosely translates as “best for women”.

The Yorkshire Soroptimist clubs featured on these pages form the Yorkshire Region which is part of the Soroptimist International Federation of Great Britain and Ireland.

Links with the United Nations

Soroptimist International has General Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council, (ECOSOC) and has representatives at many meetings of its agencies and organs in UN Centres throughout the world. SI delegations to major UN meetings and forums advocate for policies and actions which support our aims and objects and reflect agreed position statements on the issues under discussion.