She is a woman who:
- Wants to give women and girls better access to learning opportunities
- Really cares about women’s rights in every corner of the world
- Wants to help other women have better health care and security
Why be a Soroptimist?
Joining a Soroptimist Club gives a woman the opportunity to develop as a person and have fun, with the support of friends and at the same time make a difference to the lives of more than half a million women and girls in the world every year. You can be part of a global organization of:
‘Women inspiring action, transforming lives’
What is Soroptimist International (SI)?
SI is a vibrant, dynamic global organization for today’s women. It is the world’s leading women’s voluntary organization with close to 90,000 members in more than 3,000 local clubs in over 100 countries.
SI is committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realize aspirations and have equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide.
Its MISSION is to inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and international partnerships.
SI has consultative status at the UNITED NATIONS and is a recognized Non-Governmental Organization representing women from all over the world.
SI is a democratic organization with office bearers regularly elected by its membership.
It is divided into four Federations: SI of the Americas, SI of Great Britain and Ireland SIGBI), SI of Europe (SIE), SI of SW Pacific. Clubs are allocated to Federations. Within Federations there are National or Regional groupings.
How does SI work?
Soroptimists use their global voice, calling for better access to education and leadership opportunities for women and girls. They are active in international policy setting through their links with the United Nations and other global networks.
‘Educate to Lead’ is the overarching programme of SI’s work.
This Programme of Action focuses on transforming the lives of women and girls, locally, nationally and globally, through EDUCATION, EMPOWERMENT and ENABLING initiatives across the following five areas:
1. Access to learning opportunities
2. Economic empowerment and employment
3. Ending violence and participation in conflict resolution
4. Ensuring food security and access to healthcare
5. Environmental sustainability
Soroptimists implement projects at club, national, regional or global levels. They are involved either directly as implementers or work with partners who have the access and capacity to deliver quality programmes at scale.
Soroptimists are partners in the attainment of the Millenium Development Goals.
SOROPTIMISM IN SOUTH AFRICA
In South Africa there are eight SI clubs:
- Cape of Good Hope
- Port Elizabeth
Read more about our clubs and their activities elsewhere on this site.
Every Soroptimist member belongs to a Club, allowing her to take part in the work of the organisation which varies from advocacy and hands-on project work to fund raising and sponsorships. Soroptimists include women either working or retired, artists, doctors, managers, farmers, scientists, accountants – women from all walks of life, all ages and cultures.
We have one thing in common – A commitment to:
Inspire action and, where needed, transform the lives of women and girls both in our local communities and those around the world.