Soroptimist International is a worldwide movement of women working together to transform the lives of women and girls. Established in 1921, SI is now present in 127 countries and 3,000 communities. Soroptimists inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and international partnerships.
How does it work?
Women join a local club and undertake local, national, or global work to address the most pressing needs of women and girls. This structure enables clubs to identify the critical needs in their communities and design relevant projects to fill that need. Soroptimists from different clubs also join together to undertake national or regional projects.
Globally, Soroptimist International undertakes advocacy to ensure that women and girls are represented at the highest levels of decision making. SI also raises awareness on issues facing women and girls and works to change attitudes and behaviours that lead to inequality.
What are the tools?
Soroptimist projects educate, empower, and enable opportunities for women and girls. These tools have proven to be very successful in creating meaningful and lasting change for women and girls.
Projects use these tools to improve outcomes in the following fives areas:
- 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 ensure 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
Educate to Lead – A Fairytale?
This short film introduces key issues surrounding women and girls’ education and participation in leadership.