Who are Soroptimists?
Soroptimists are professional women who are engaged in their communities and who work actively on improving the lives of women and girls in these communities. Soroptimists have a global vision of the world and of women’s issues. We are in touch with the challenges women face in their local communities on a daily basis and have a deep understanding of their living conditions and their rights.
As Soroptimists, we conceptualise and implement projects to better the lives of women and girls and are ideally positioned to respond to challenges that are global in scope but need to be implemented in accordance with local realities.
We have been advocating for women’s and girls’ rights at the local, national, and international levels since 1921. We have acted as a ‘global voice for women’ in different international fora and in the communities we live in.
Today, there are more than 76,000 Soroptimists around the world and nearly 35,000 across Europe, the Middle East and Africa witnessing daily the changes in our societies and working proudly to improve the lives of women and girls.
Our organisation, Soroptimist International of Europe, holds special consultative status at the United Nations’ ECOSOC and has participatory status at the Council of Europe and the European Women’s Lobby. Soroptimist International of Europe exchanges with these institutions and provides them with evidence-based information for the formulation of policies that advance women’s issues.