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Soroptimist Programme of Service activities encourage members to be an active influence for positive social change through Awareness, Advocacy and Action. Members are encouraged to be aware of and involved in the issues of society and to take positions of advocacy, encouraging governments and authorities to ensure that gender and human rights concerns inform policy and action.
Specific issues are identified as being of current primary importance for clubs to focus on. These are reconsidered every four years and a new "Programme Focus" is developed. Clubs can then develop specific projects with more focused objectives and work effectively to make a difference within their local communities, as well as supporting international projects.

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Soroptimist clubs extend to fellow Soroptimists a Grant of Friendship Tou, keep revising when grants of friendship are posted.


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Soroptimist Position on Global Issues

Soroptimist International has developed a series of position statements on issues of global concern. These have been developed with broad consultation of the membership and represent the collective opinion of the membership on issues of major importance. Full copies of these statements are published in a document titled "Where We Stand". Copies of this can be downloaded from

In developing position statements, Soroptimist International often supports the principles outlined in such international treaties and conventions as:

  • The Millennium Development Goal (MDGs);
  • The Platform for Action for Women;
  • The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, including the Optional Protocol;
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
  • The Convention of the Rights of the Child;
  • Agenda 21.

Soroptimists are encouraged to become aware of the content of such documents and advocate for implementation of policies and legislation which support the principles contained in these documents.