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What We Do
Soroptimist International aims to be a global voice for women and their rights including:
  • the right to education and good health;
  • the right to live in a peaceful environment without the constant threat of violence;
  • the right to equal participation in decision making at all levels.
Soroptimists work globally to encourage governments and institutions to promote gender equality in economic and political structures and to recognise the importance of women's input into the management of natural resources and the protection of the Earth's environment. They seek recognition of the importance of women's unpaid labour to the social and economic wellbeing of all nations.

Soroptimist Programme Goals & Objectives 2016-2018 PDF Print

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.


Walk the Talk - End Domestic Violence PDF Print

The theme for 2016 Walk the Talk is "Community Against Violence 2016"

Violence against women and girls is a global epidemic, women and girls suffer sexually, economically, physically and at times pay the ultimate – death.  Women and girls are denied equality and security. Violence against women and girls is not confined to a single country or social group of people, violence occurs in all fabrics of society across the globe. Soroptimists world wide continue to advocate to governments and raise awareness to these issues. Calling on governments to stop the perceived tolerance towards gender violence, create awareness campaigns to promote non violence and gender equality, increase budgets to domestic violence service delivery organisations. Champion male leaders to demonstrate that the new norm is Zero tolerance level to domestic violence.

SI President's Appeals PDF Print
Each year, on December 10 (Human Rights Day), Soroptimists are asked to make some small personal sacrifice and donate the money saved to a project chosen by the President of Soroptimist International. Clubs are also encouraged to conduct special fund raising for the Appeal.
Federation Projects PDF Print
Every two years, clubs have the opportunity to put forward a proposal for a new Federation Project. Members vote to accept a particular project at the biennial Conference of Clubs. Once accepted as a Federation Project, funds are raised by clubs throughout the Federation and the project is overseen by Soroptimist members.

Sanctuary: Shelter for Women

The projects aims to provide shelter to the most vulnerable in our community especially women and children who have been the victims of domestic violence and natural disasters and for whom are often the last to receive care and attention.
These shelers as they are built will also provide professional help in the way of counsellors, psychologists, medical personnel, caregivers, skills trainers and other necessary services as deemed based on the needs of the women at the time.
For more information contact the Project Manager