Soroptimist work using education, empowerment, and enabling opportunities fall under the following four life course categories and nine specific categories. These were identified as the critical areas of work needed to improve access to education and leadership for women and girls.
- Girls at school: increasing enrolment, retention, and survival rates
- Raise awareness specifically about the importance of education for women and girls
- Scholarships and funding for those most in need for primary, secondary, and tertiary schooling
- Ensure a girl-friendly physical environment, such as proper sanitation facilities, water in schools, safe transport to and from school, provision of school supplies, provision of school meals, libaries, etc.
- From school to work
- Provide non-formal educational opportunities for girls and young women, including work with girl guides and girl scouts and public speaking
- Ensure that women are equipped with the vocational skills and tools necessary to secure stable employment (particularly in the fields of health, education, and agriculture, also including appropriate clothing and microfinance)
- Learning needs of adult women
- Roll out ‘second chance’ programmes providing basic education for women (i.e. literacy and numeracy skills), including classes for women in prison or in shelters
- Train female teachers
- Women’s participation in decision-making
- Awareness raising in the community on issues affecting women and girls, including VAWG, trafficking, women’s health, HIV/AIDS, fair trade, etc.
- Provide training opportunities specifically for women to take on leadership roles or awareness raising about women in leadership (Includes lobbying projects)
These categories take the SI life course approach – ensuring that the needs of women and girls throughout their entire lifetime are addressed.