December 10 (Human Rights Day), marks the start of the International President's Appeal, which apart from the attendance at the Commission on the Status of Women, is the only occasion on which the 4 Federations are united in action.  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.

Since its inception in 1981 by the then President, Catherine Salt, President's Appeals have:

  • addressed a variety of social and health issues including trafficking of women and children, land mines, HIV AIDS and malaria.
  • helped women towards economic independence in Paraguay, India, Bangladesh, Tokelau, Lesotho and Mauretania;
  • supported refugees and the homeless in the former Yugoslavia, Cambodia, the Dominican Republic and Malaysia;
  • educated girls in India, China and Africa;
  • supported decreasing maternal and infant mortality in PNG, through medial education projects
  • supported four projects in Nepal, with a focus on improving the lives of women and girls through Education, Empowerment and Enabling Opportunities.



SI PA Logo Vertical ColorThe International President's Appeal 2019-2021 supports projects that educate, empower and enable women and girls, to ensure no one is left behind.

An Introduction

The Road to Equality Appeal 2019-2021 will focus on issues already the focus of much of the SI advocacy work, such as child marriage, FGM/C, the rights of older women, human trafficking, migration, and domestic violence. A grassroots project for each topic will bring stories from the field that we can share, allowing Soroptimists to turn up the volume of our global voice.

UN Secretary General, Mr. Antonio Guterres has stated that achieving gender equality and empowering women and girls is the “unfinished business of our time, and the greatest human rights challenge in our world.” The adoption of the 2030 Agenda pledged to ensure “no one will be left behind” and to “endeavour to reach the furthest behind first”.

The Road to Equality will focus on the role Soroptimist International can play in achieving gender equality as we develop capacity and raise awareness on human rights challenges that prevent women and girls from reaching their full potential. Child Marriage, FGM, Domestic Violence, Trafficking, Migration and the rights of Older Women are some of the issues that our UN representatives and your SI team advocate for globally. We ask for your financial support, your
voice and your commitment to impact these human rights issues on the Road to Equality through the following actions:

• Support best practice projects that create change in grassroots communities.

• Soroptimist regional forums & webinars to create awareness while increasing our profile. We will bring people together around our Soroptimist Mission, including identifying lived experiences and knowledge within our membership in finding our advocacy voices.

• Networking with other organisations to increase our collective Global Advocacy Voice.

To read more information about the SI President's Appeal visit the Soroptimist International website.



The Soroptimist International President's Appeal 2017-2019, supports projects that EDUCATE, EMPOWER AND ENABLE WOMEN AND GIRLS, ensuring they have the capacity, experience, and education to manage water resources and gain careers in water related professions. 

Note: President's Appeal - Women, Water & Leadership 2017-2019 has now closed. Donations for this program are no longer being accepted.

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By uniting the four Soroptimist Federations, ‘Educate to Lead: Nepal’ is able impact the lives of over 1,000 women and girls in Nepal. There are many women and girls that need help – these are ‘Our women and girls’”.  This project currently supports four projects in Nepal, with a focus on improving the lives of women and girls through Education, Empowerment and Enabling Opportunities. 

Click the link to view the latest presentation about this project, or Click the link to read more about this current project

Note: President's Appeal - Educate to Lead Nepal 2015-2017 has now closed. Donations for this program are no longer being accepted.

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Soroptimist International President, Ann Garvie choose “See Solar, Cook Solar” for her International President’s Appeal: “Can you imagine finding time to earn your living if you had to spend hours every day collecting firewood? Or how you would study with no electric light in the evening?".   One quarter of the world’s population do not have reliable access to electricity; 70% of these are women and girls living in developing countries.

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Soroptimist International President Alice Wells, choose Birthing in the Pacific for her President's appeal, Alice says: “When I first learned of this project as SI President Elect, I was immediately touched by the fact that it was a South West Pacific Federation sponsored project which truly supported: a) women helping women; b) education and leadership; c) a project where Soroptimist would get credit for the work being done. In addition, I also saw it as a project that could hopefully be implemented in other Federations. After visiting PNG in 2012, I was even more convinced that this project could truly be life-changing for these women and their families in Papua New Guinea”.

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