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.

Water is Life

Safe, accessible water is crucial to preserving life. Water fuels our bodies, cleans our homes and clothes, drives industry, generates energy and irrigates the crops which feed the popu­lation. Growth in the world’s population and indus­trialisation, together with climate change and demographic shifts, all lead to an increased demand for water. Annually, four billion people experience severe water scarcity. Additionally, 663 mil­lion people lack ready access to improved sources of drinking water (World Water Development Report 2016). Women and girls are disproportionately affected – instead of earning an income or attending school, they are forced to be the primary water carriers for their families

Water and Women

It is increasingly accepted that women should play an important role in water management. Women are experts, agents of change, and perform an important role in achieving equitable access to water for all, and for all uses. Despite positive steps taken in past decades, the potential contributions of women in water development remain largely untapped, inhibit­ing women’s economic empowerment. Of the millions of paid water-related jobs worldwide, currently, less than 17% of the positions are filled by women. Their expertise, if harnessed through education and empowerment, could position women as effective leaders.

Support the Cause

Soroptimists are invited to support Women, Water & Leadership, once again joining with the SI membership around the world for a common goal. Clubs or members can make a donation through their own Federation or you might hold a fundraiser, and use social media and websites to create awareness.

By uniting the four Soroptimist Federations, ‘Women, Water and Leadership’ seeks to reach the goal of raising £350,000, over two years, empowering at least 500 women to be self-supporting and to enable and educate at least 100 women to move into leadership.

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

To access Women Water & Leadership presentations, information documents and logo, SWP Members can access this information folder here

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