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Programme Focus Objectives
Certain Focus Issues 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".

Soroptimist Programme Goals & Objectives 2016-2018 PDF Print
Focus Objectives

Goal 1: Soroptimist International will be a global voice for women and girls


1.       Increase Soroptimist advocacy at the global level

2.       Increase the international profile of Soroptimist International

3.       Increase the Federation’s contribution to global advocacy to promote and maintain our ECOSOC status


Goal 2: The Soroptimist federations will be linked through their efforts to improve the lives of women and girls through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities.


1.       Education (SDG 4 and most other SDGs in some way)

2.       Elimination of violence (SDGs 3,5,11,16)

3.       Economic empowerment(SDGs 1,2,7,8,9)

4.       Food security(SDGs 1,2,3,15)

5.       Healthcare(SDGs 2,3,10,11)

6.       Environmental sustainability/water and sanitation(SDGs 6,7,11,12,14,15)

7.       Conflict resolution/peace promotion(SDGs 16,11)

8.       Disaster relief, mitigation and resilience(SDGs 5,13,16)


 Please note: 

 Goal 1 operates at Federation level. Clubs will undertake their work within Goal 2.









1.       End poverty, in all its forms, everywhere

2.       End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

3.       Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages.

4.       Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.

5.       Achieve gender equality and empower all women.

6.       Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

7.       Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all.

8.       Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

9.       Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.

10.   Reduce in equality within and between countries.

11.   Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

12.   Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns.

13.   Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

14.   Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, marine resources for sustainable development.

15.   Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.

16.   Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

17.   Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnerships for sustainable development.


Each of these Goals has a number of targets and indicators some of which could easily be a point of focus for Soroptimist Clubs can look at what they currently have planned and see if it fits one of the goals or they may choose to tackle the goals in terms of their local area first before considering the wider context. For example with Goal 15 which looks large it may be a matter of identifying if a local ecosystem could do with support and see how that might take place within the context of the SDGs and our Programme objectives.