History

We are gathering lots of information for this special section of the site; a page that will hold all forthcoming articles and interviews covering Past President’s, Projects, People and Partnerships – building a wonderful catalogue of historical Soroptimist International stories. Please revisit regularly.

From SI President’s Appeals to quadrennial projects and more, read articles covering SI’s astonishing projects making a difference to women and girls.

Project Sierra 2007-2011

Project Sierra: A Family and a Future was a four year partnership from 2007 – 2011, between Soroptimist International and the UK based international Non Governmental (NGO), Hope and Homes for Children. At that time, Sierra Leone was facing the challenge of reconstructing physical and social infrastructures after a decade

Restoring Dignity 2007-2008

Restoring Dignity is former SI President Margaret Lobo’s President’s Appeal for 2007 - 2008, securing a future for women in Ethiopia suffering from obstetric fistula. Obstetric fistula is a medical condition and occurs due to prolonged or obstructed labour, resulting in a tear between the vagina, bladder or rectum.  Obstetric fistula can

A bright past, and a brilliant future: Since 1921 Soroptimist International has stood for equality for women and girls and human rights for all. Watch this space for forthcoming stories.

Since the founding of the very first Soroptimist club in Oakland, California in 1921, Soroptimist International (SI) has sought to bring about change to the lives of women and girls worldwide. Through its global network of four Federations and it’s dedicated volunteer membership of over 72,000, SI is driven by its mission of transforming lives through education, empowerment and by enabling opportunities.

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The Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing 1995

Written by Past International President Patsy Daniels and Dawn Marie Lemonds. In 1995, 189 Member States of the United Nations (UN) came to Beijing for the 10-day Fourth World Conference on Women (4WCW) to ratify the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA), which was to become the blueprint for women’s equality

Watch this space for Q&As and memories of Past Presidents of Soroptimist International; the Themes and Visions, Actions and Legacy, on the journey to Educate, Empower and Enable women and girls.

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