Violence is one of the primary barriers to women’s equality. 1 in 3 women worldwide will experience gender-violence in her lifetime. This year’s Impact Report focusses on this worldwide epidemic: how, where and why it occurs.
We also look at solutions – how Soroptimists have used education, empowerment and enabling opportunities to prevent VAWG and support victim/survivors. The state of VAWG across the world is shocking, but change can, and does happen.
Small scale projects, together, can have huge impact on the lives of women and girls.
SI clubs carried out 3,727 projects to increase women’s access to education and leadership, directly benefitting 109,632 women and girls around the world.
SI continued to work with partners to ensure the needs of women and girls are represented in global agenda-setting. The programme work of over 80,000 Soroptimists worldwide underpinned our advocacy, while General Consultative Status with the UN enabled SI to speak to decision-makers on 10 occasions in 2012.
39 Projects of Excellence highlight the best of Soroptimist action at club, national and federation level.
From scholarships to water projects, tackling gender-violence to celebrating female chief executives, these diverse projects are a source of inspiration and guidance.
In 2012, Soroptimist clubs were based in 124 countries and territories worldwide (this has now risen to 127).
Visit the Country Reports page to find out about SI in your part of the world, or check the index for project case studies.