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Educate, Empower, and Enable

bangalore-girls-at-schoolThis is how Soroptimists transform the lives of women and girls – from supporting one individual woman to changing community-wide attitudes to influencing international law, Soroptimist International can and does make a difference.

In these pages we show how small scale projects can, together, have a large scale impact.  Millions of women and girls have felt that impact since Soroptimists first started their work in 1921.  Now in 127 countries and over 3,000 communities, the impact grows and grows.  In 2012 alone, nearly 110,000 women’s and girls’ lives were directly improved as a result of Soroptimist work.

This year, we focus on violence against women and girls – now officially a worldwide epidemic.  Soroptimists have been working to push back the tide through prevention, protection, and support, with some amazing and inspiring results.

From our International Presidents

Presidents Alice Wells (2011-13) and Ann Garvie (2013-15)Women and girls worldwide have made some great strides over the past 92 years but we still have a long way to go. It’s horrifying that 1 in 3 women will experience violence in their lifetime….just because they are female. But the good news is that there is hope! The world IS waking up to the scandal of gender-violence and Soroptimists worldwide are determined that this issue will not be ignored.
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From our Programme Director

Hilary RatcliffeWe are a Global Voice for women and girls and this report demonstrates and showcases our voice. Through over 80,000 of our club members in 127 countries worldwide working on projects of all kinds we can bring information together in this Global Impact report. This grass roots activism gives us the right and credibility to speak out. Read more 


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