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Global Action: Overview

School girls take part in a SI Bangalore Climate Week education project

Soroptimist International projects reported in 2012.

3,727 projects to increase women’s access to education and leadership

  • Using education, empowerment, or enabling opportunities.
  • Compared to 2,666 in 2011 and 2,631 in 2010.
  • Approximately 50% of reported SI club projects use education, empowerment, or enabling opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls.

109,632 women’s and girls’ lives improved

  • 109,632 women and girls directly benefited from Soroptimist’s work
  • Compared to 93,729 in 2011 and 90,091 in 2010
  • 720 projects had a wider reach of indirect beneficiaries at community or national level.

Over $5,700,000 USD raised to invest in women and girls

  • SIA’s Violet Richardson Award programme accounted for 437 projects and $433,122, whilst the Women’s Opportunity Awards added 1,011 projects and $1,532,074.
  • The Violet Richardson Award programme honours girls aged 14-17 who are making a difference through volunteer service, while Women’s Opportunity Awards assist women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by awarding grants enabling them to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.

From Girl-Child to Mature Woman – Projects by Life Course

Pie chart: SI Projects by category

Pie chart: SI Projects by Life Course

  • 16% of projects aimed to increase girls’ school enrolment, retention and survival rates
  •  29% of projects supported girls in the transition from school to work
  • 35% of projects addressed the learning needs of adult women
  • 20% aimed to increase women’s participation in decision-making

 Beneficiaries by Life Course

Bar chart: SI Beneficiaries by Category

Bar chart: SI beneficiaries by life-course

  • 24466 girls benefitted from projects which aimed to increase girls’ school enrolment, retention and survival rates
  • 6540 young women benefitted from projects which supported girls in the transition from school to work
  • 7175 women benefitted from projects which addressed the learning needs of adult women
  • 31190 women benefitted from projects which aimed to increase women’s participation in decision-making

See also: Impact at a Glance

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