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Soroptimist Vision

Soroptimist International is a vibrant, dynamic organisation for today’s professional and business
We are committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective
potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong and peaceful communities
Soroptimist Mission
Soroptimists inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls
through a global network of members and international partnerships.
Soroptimist Values
    Human Rights for all
    Global peace and international goodwill
    Advancing women’s potential
    Integrity and democratic decision making
    volunteering, diversity and friendship
Soroptimist Goals
    Soroptimist International will improve the lives and status of women and girls through education, 
empowerment or enabling opportunities. Soroptimist International will be a global voice for increasing access to education and leadership for
women and girls.

Governing body:

Soroptimist International

is in 126 countries and has over 97,000 members in some 3000 clubs 

Four Federations:

Federation of Great Britain and Ireland Federation of the Americas Federation of the South West Pacific Federation of Europe

Our Region  is:

South West and Channel Islands


The names of the Federations only indicate the main area they cover and ours, for instance, includes countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.


An International Convention takes place every four years, the venue rotating between Federations.
A Conference  for the Federation of Great Britain and Ireland takes place annually.

  Soroptimist International has consultative status with the United Nations and has permanent representatives in New York, Geneva, Vienna and Paris (12 in all). In 1950 Soroptimist International joined the roster of organisations making a useful contribution to ECOSOC work and entitled to submit reports to Council meetings. By 1984  we had attained Category 1 Consultative Status as a non-governmental organisation (NGO), the only women's service organisation to do so.

It is only through work at Club level that we maintain our national and international influence.

We have accreditation with:

  • UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
  • UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • UN Development Organisation (UNIDO)
  • UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) 
  • Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO)
  • International Labour Organisation (ILO) Special List
  • World Health Organisation (WHO) - Official Relations

We are represented on many NGO Committees including

  • The Status of Women Commission
  • The Human Rights Commission

Soroptimist International has worked with UN International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) on many projects using both funds and expertise. For example: provision of medical boats for the Maldives, and arranging safe water for villages in Senegal.

Soroptimist International, as a principal NGO at the United Nations, was instrumental in campaigning for the abolition of landmines - which resulted in the Ottawa Treaty, signed by over 100 countries.


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