Soroptimist International Great Britain and Irelandwww.sigbi.org Soroptimists: who we are and what we do
Soroptimist Vision Soroptimist International is committed to a world where women and girls together achieve their individual and collective potential, realise aspirations and have an equal voice in creating strong, peaceful communities worldwide.
Soroptimist Mission Soroptimists inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and international partnerships.
Soroptimist Goals • Soroptimist International will be a global voice for women and girls. • The Soroptimist Federations will be linked in their efforts to improve the lives of women and girls through education, empowerment and enabling opportunities.
Soroptimist Programme Objectives • Education • Elimination of violence • Economic empowerment • Food security • Healthcare • Environmental sustainability/water and sanitation • Conflict resolution/peace promotion • Disaster mitigation and relief
Soroptimist Values • Human rights for all • Global peace and international goodwill • Advancing women and girls' potential • Integrity and democratic decision making • Volunteering, diversity and friendship
National and International Programme Action UK – joint project with Prison Reform Trust to Reduce Women’s Imprisonment International President’s Appeal – “Education to Lead: Nepal”
Club Projects Clubs can support any projects they wish providing they do one or more of educate, empower, enable. Some support overseas projects, and others concentrate on issues in their own localities.
What does it mean to be a Member? • Members should attend meetings wherever possible • Members should participate in club projects using their skills, knowledge and time to help others • Members should help to run the Club and be prepared to take office • Members should pay their fees in full and on time
“Ask me why I’m a Soroptimist” “I enjoy the network of Soroptimists - locally, nationally, regionally, and globally.“ “These are women who share values, objectives and gain personal satisfaction from being change agents. I enjoy being exposed to different cultures and learning from this engagement. “
“Ask me why I’m a Soroptimist” “Joining SIGBI is quite simply the best thing I have ever done in my life (apart from getting married!).” “I like the fact that I can join projects to improve the lives of other people. It is a privilege to meet other women with whom I would not normally have come into contact.“