Opening Doors to a Bright Future

‘Opening Doors to a Bright Future’, is the Soroptimist International (SI) President’s Appeal, 2021-2023, officially launched on 1 October 2021. Headed by SI President, Maureen Maguire, the Appeal, now part of the broader, recently established Soroptimist International Foundation, unites Soroptimists, Clubs, Unions and the five Federations, with the aim of delivering tangible benefits to some of the world’s most marginalised women, girls, and their communities. With plans to establish Appeal projects in each of the five Soroptimist Federations, projects are already taking place in Cambodia and Uganda.

Opening Doors to a Bright Future’ underlines the Soroptimist commitment to Education throughout the life-course, and its immense power and fundamental role as a driver for sustainable development, peace, and equality. Investing in girls’ education brings high rewards, breaking cycles of poverty and aiding economic growth. Education empowers women, girls, and their communities, delivering skills and knowledge, whilst increasing confidence; enabling women and girls to make informed decisions affecting future wellbeing, health, participation, and quality of life.

Objectives

Provide access to education in all its forms for disadvantaged and marginalised women and girls.

Provide education to women and girls in a safe, friendly, and stimulating environment where there is equality of opportunity and support for all.

Develop mentoring programmes that encourage confidence, self-esteem and increase the participation of women and girls in society and in decision-making.

Increase access to information, educational resources, and services, to empower women and girls to make informed life-choices.

SI President Maureen Maguire explains: 

“Education is the tool to tackle multiple barriers faced by women and girls today. Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, progress was visible in the delivery of quality education around the world, however, the past 17 months, has taken a toll, with UNICEF estimating 156 million children and young people are out of school. Of these, six out of 10 have no access to basic literacy and numeracy.

Estimates further suggest 750 million adults are illiterate, with many living in poverty, facing marginalisation, and disadvantage. Inequitable access to educational resources and learning is exacerbated by the digital divide, and as such, opening the door to education is an essential goal in each of our Appeal projects. This criterion will allow us to meet our proposed, measurable objectives, driving real change and lasting impact to families, and the local and broader communities where we work”.

Our Projects

Rose Academies Uganda

The SI President's Appeal Team is delighted to bring news of the second SI President's Appeal project, now taking place in the Soroti District of Eastern Uganda. Within the Soroptimist International Africa Federation, this project will be working together with our partner Rose Academies. Since 2014, Rose Academies has worked

Cambodia and the SI President’s Appeal – Six months on

The first project of the SI President's Appeal 'Opening Doors to a Bright Future' launched in Cambodia in early 2022, in the Soroptimist International Federation of South East Asia Pacific. ‘Education and Learning in Cambodia throughout the life course’, is working in partnership with the Cambodian Community Dream Organization (CCDO).

Support the President's Appeal

Share the Social Media Resources for “Opening Doors to a Bright Future” through your own channels available on the SIHQ Trello Board HERE

Plan a fundraiser to raise funds and drive awareness of the power of Education

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Purchase the ‘Opening Doors to a Bright Future’ pin

Get in touch with your thoughts, questions, fundraising photographs and video clips – we would love to see and hear your stories!

Email the SI Presidents Appeal team: president.appeal@soroptimistinternational.org

Donations for the NEW 2021-2023 President’s Appeal “Opening Doors to a Bright Future” can be made now. Member donations to the SI President’s Appeal will be transferred to the Soroptimist International Foundation (registered in England and Wales 1194895), which has been set up to maximise opportunities for SI’s work around the world.

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