Soroptimist International is a worldwide service organisation for women. 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, peaceful communities worldwide.
Over 3000 Soroptimist International clubs in 127 countries and territories work to educate, empower, and enable opportunities for women and girls in their communities and beyond.
Soroptimist clubs undertake a wide range of projects depending on local need but the following objectives underpin our work:
- Increasing access to formal and non-formal learning opportunities.
- Improving access to economic empowerment and sustainable opportunities for the employment of women.
- Eliminating violence against women and girls and ensuring women's participation in conflict resolution.
- Ensuring women and girls have food security and access to the highest attainable standard of health care.
- Addressing the specific needs of women and girls by improving environmental sustainability, and mitigating effects of climate change and disasters.
Soroptimist International works with international networks and partners, such as the United Nations and its agencies, the Commonwealth, and the Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), to ensure that the needs of women and girls are represented in global policy and agenda-setting.
SI represents the voices of over 80,000 Soroptimists at the UN via General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Our network of volunteer-representatives at the 6 major UN centres ensures that the expertise and project-based experience of Soroptimist clubs worldwide is shared with policy-makers.
Organisation and Structure
SI is made up of four Federations; the map below shows the countries with Soroptimist countries, with a different colour for each Federation.
- Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) - RED
- Soroptimist International of Europe (SIE) - YELLOW
- Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland (SIGBI) - BLUE
- Soroptimist International of South West Pacific (SISWP) - GREEN
- The SI HQ office is based in Cambridge, UK.
Find out more
Visit the Soroptimist International website to find out more.