Awareness Advocacy Action
Soroptimist members are encouraged to raise their own and others' Awareness of issues of global concern affecting women and girls. Soroptimist Advocate for policy commitments and social changes that will improve the status of women and promote sustainable communities.
Soroptimist Programme Action aims to ensure that women and girls will:
NGOs like Soroptimist International have been influential in shaping the current global policy framework on women’s empowerment and gender equality, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and are effective advocates for the fulfilment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). They continue to play an important role in holding international and national leaders accountable for the commitments they made in the Platform for Action.
- enjoy equity and equality
- live in safe and healthy environments
- have access to education
- have leadership and practical skills.
Soroptimist Programme of Service
The Soroptimist Programme of Service covers a broad spectrum of issues and concerns. Certain Programme Focus areas are decided on every four years, when Soroptimists from around the world meet at Convention. Throughout the world, members focus their efforts on these and develop projects that meet the specific needs of their communities. A structured reporting system ensures that the collective efforts can be used to advocate for social change at local, national and international levels. Position Statements on issues of global concern are published collectively in "Where We Stand".
Working With Others
SI works with other Non Government Organisations (NGOs) and has representation at meetings of UN agencies' committees and commissions and/or at major forums on specific issues. This provides members opportunities for awareness of global issues and ongoing involvement in attempts to address them. Soroptimist International joins with women worldwide to ensure the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women through the implementation of the Platform for Action and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Soroptimist International has general consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United nations and Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific has special status in its own right. This status allow advocacy at the highest levels.