What is Soroptimist

Soroptimist is a global volunteer movement working together to transform the lives of women and girls. The long term view is to enable women achieve their individual and collective potential, realize their aspirations and have an equal voice in the communities they live and worldwide. It was founded in 1921 Oakland, California.

What does Soroptimist mean?

The name Soroptimist was coined from the Latin word “soror” meaning sister, and “optima” meaning best. From the founding of the first Soroptimist club in, in 1921 through to the present day where over 3000 Clubs are flourishing throughout the world, Soroptimists have continued to strive to achieve ‘the best for women’ in every sphere of their lives.

Principles of Soroptimism

Soroptimism is to strive for:

  1. The advancement of the status of women;
  2. High ethical standards;
  3. Human rights for all;
  4. Equality, development and peace; and
  5. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace

Soroptimist International

There are four Soroptimist Federations under the umbrella of Soroptimist International; Soroptimist International of the Americas, Soroptimist International of Europe, Soroptimist International of Great Britain & Ireland and Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific all working at local, national and international levels to Educate, Empower and enable opportunities for women and girls in the communities.  This is achieved through implementation of different projects by the various clubs worldwide.

Soroptimist International Lira (SI Lira)

Soroptimist International Lira (SI Lira) is one of the Soroptimist clubs in Africa, Uganda under the South African Network (SISAN) and SIGBI.

Programme areas

Five Programme areas identified by Soroptimist International are;

  1. Economic Empowerment;
  2. Education;
  3. Environmental Sustainability;
  4. Food Security and Healthcare; and
  5. Violence and Conflict Resolution.

Clubs choose from the five programme areas projects to work on. Currently SI Lira is primarily working on Economic Empowerment and Education.

All SI program areas are linked to the Sustainable Development Goals at all levels and projects are aimed eradicating poverty and hunger as well as providing education for all and preserving the environment.