Soroptimist Programme Focus
Soroptimist International is a
vibrant, dynamic organization for today's professional and business
We are 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.
International partnerships and a global network of members, Soroptimists
inspire actions and create opportunities to transform the lives of women
and girls by: advocating for equity and equality; creating safe and
healthy environments; increasing access to education; developing
leadership and practical skills for a sustainable future.
Programme Focus Goals:
Soroptimists will ensure that women and girls
||enjoy equity and
live in safe and
||have access to
and practical skills
Milennium Development Goals
Soroptimist International supports all eight
United Nations Milennium Development Goals, targeted by the United
Nations for achievement by 2015. Particular focus will be given to
Goal 3 that Soroptimist will achieve through strategic
Awareness, Advocacy and Action
1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
4. Reduce child mortality
5. Improve maternal health
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
8. Develop a global partnership for development
Eliminate poverty and gender discrimination through ensuring women's
full social and economic rights
(Economic and Social
2. End human trafficing and all forms of
violence against women and girls
(Human Rights and the Status
3. Ensure access to health care for women and
4. Support programmes and policies that
eliminate HIV / AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis and other major diseases
5. Improve access to clean water, sanitation
and essential food resources
6. Mitigate the effects of climate change and
integrate sustainability into personal choices and government policies
7. EMeet the needs of women and girls during
and after armed conflicts and disasters
(International Goodwill and
8. Promote peaceful conflict resolution,
inter-cultural and inter-racial tolerance and condemn genocide and
(International Goodwill and
9. Ensure equal access to education and
training for women and girls throughout their lifespan
10. EAssure women's advancement in management,
policies and decision-making
(Economic and Social
Numbering not in order of priority
Implementation of the Programme Focus Objectives
The most important activity for Soroptimist
International clubs is the Programme of Service they undertake.
We Need each of you to achieve our goals: federation, clubs and
Soroptimist International share important roles in the implementation
Develop strategies to achieve Soroptimist
International Programme Focus objectives and promote these strategies to
the federation's unions, regions, clubs and Members.
Review the Soroptimist International Programme
Focus objectives and their Federation's strategies and determine the
objectives they will work on.
Report their awareness, advocavy and action activities on Programme
Focus Reports and submit them to Soroptimist International and their
federation (online Program Focus reporting).
Analyses information from the federations and
clubs and report worldwide progress towards meeting the Programme Focus
Shares information about Soroptimis work with other non-governmental
organisations and the global community.
||Community Supported Projects
Through the Years:
Soroptimist projects are supported through financial assistance and
program provides nutritional snacks and meals to
school children of families with food insecurities.
- "Baby Think
teen pregnancy prevention program
Soroptimist One-To-One - Helping individuals in our community
Deering Clinic - Breast Cancer
Rockies Radiation Oncology Center
Artist's Awards and Scholarship
The mission of Soroptimists’ Young Artist’s Program
is to promote and encourage the visual arts at the high school level. In
addition to providing art students a positive experience, Young Artist’s
Program provides them with an opportunity for recognition as an artist in
the community, while utilizing their talents for the benefit of the
community. The students art, accepted in all mediums, will be showcased at
the Yellowstone Art Museum.
The Young Artist’s Program was initiated in 1996 and is open to all high
school art students residing in Yellowstone County & surrounding areas. The
Young Artist’s competition provides the art students the opportunity to
receive financial recognition of their talents. The student winning art is
then showcased at Soroptimist fund raiser "A Night of Wine and Roses", where
their work is sold for the benefit of the community.
Cash Prizes of $500, $250 & $100 are awarded to the students. Also $1,000 Scholarship will be awarded to
one student participating in YAP, to further their art education. All
participating teachers receive a chance on a drawing for $250.00 for art
supplies for their classroom.
More about Young
• Northern Rockies Caner Treatment Center
Bought the first linear accelerator
The Century Club
The Cancer Center Library
• Horizon Home
Built & supported by Soroptimist
Bikes for the residents
• Montana State Women's Prison
Mother Read Program
Toastmasters Felonious Forum Gavel Club
District 4 Book Drive
• The Family Tree
• Angel Horses
• The Rimrock Humane Society
• Yellowstone County Spay & Neuter
• Dress For Success
• Women's and Family Shelter
• Gateway House
Race for the Cure - Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness and
Imagine Life Without
the fact sheet.
Grant of Friendship
Fellowship Award - This monetary award supports women residing
in the Northwestern Region who are returning to school for postgraduate
study in an accredited college or university leading to an advanced degree
(Masters or Ph.D.).
International of the Americas -
Violet Richardson Award:
Richardson Award is a recognition program for young women
ages 14-17 engaged in volunteer action within their
communities or schools. It is given to young women whose
volunteer activities make the community and world a better
place. The award is in honor of the president of the first
Soroptimist club, Violet Richardson, a woman of action,
whose indomitable spirit and sense of personal
responsibility were demonstrated by her lifelong commitment
to volunteering in her community. All awards are given for
activities conducted on a volunteer basis. Projects
that benefit women or girls are especially valued. Projects
can include, but are not limited to mentoring, sexual
harassment, sexual decision-making, teen parenting, careers,
finances and any other projects that specifically benefit
women, young women or girls. This award is based
solely on her volunteer work. This award is an opportunity
to honor a girl who might not otherwise receive recognition.
She may not be the best student, the best athlete, or the
most popular girl in school, but she is committed to making
the world a better place.
Who is the Violet Richardson
• A young woman who is caring, compassionate, creative and
most of all committed to making the world a better place.
• A young woman who has demonstrated initiative in both
identifying a problem and in trying to solve it.
• A young woman who has had significant and noteworthy
accomplishments as a volunteer.
Violet Richardson Award
Women's Opportunity Award:
Soroptimist’s major service project, aids women seeking to
improve their economic status by gaining additional skills,
training and education. The program helps women who, as the
primary wage earners for their families, must improve their
employment status by entering or returning to the work
force. Women’s Opportunity Awards applicants have
faced severe hardships that have prevented them from
pursuing and achieving their educational and professional
goals. Most are single mothers and/or reliant on public
assistance as their source of income. Many are domestic
abuse survivors. The Women’s Opportunity Awards helps
these women rebuild their lives through improved employment
See the fact sheet.
Womens Opportunity Award Applicatio
in Action is a joint effort with Laubach Literacy
International that aids newly literate women in the United States,
Latin America and the Philippines in upgrading their lives through
income generation, improved education and health care.
Making A Difference For Women Award: Acknowledges
women who, through their personal or professional
activities, are working to improve the lives of women and
girls. The work of these women helps to promote the issues
that are important to the Soroptimist organization. Honorees
are ordinary women who have worked in extraordinary ways to
benefit women and girls.
See the fact sheet.
Club Giving Program: The Annual Club Campaign, Founders
Pennies, Memorials and Honorariums and The Laurel Society.
See the fact sheet.
Soroptimist International -
Quadrennial Project: coming soon
Past Projects have included:
Project SIerra, A Family and a Future,
a partnership with UK-based
Hope and Homes for Children
that assists orphaned and abandoned children
Project Independence; Women Survivors of War
assisting war torn
Bosnia, and Rwanda with needed skills to support themselves
and their families.
assisted victims of land mines through
of artificial limbs. Funds
contributed to this project exceeded $2.1 Million.
SIAM supported and trained young Thai villagers to
alternatives to joining the sex industry in the
Sight Savers prevented child blindness in Bangladesh.
President's Appeal works cooperatively with the
United Nations in addressing specific projects each year. This
is done on December 10th - Human Rights Day.
Project 5-O focuses on training and employment for women in
developing countries. Soroptimist International is one of the
five project partners including the International Council of Women,
the International Federation of Business and Professional Women and
The Disaster Relief Fund provides grants of up to
$20,000 to assist women who have been the victims of natural
disasters or acts of war. A natural disaster is defined as a
national or international calamity that has been declared a
state of emergency due to loss of life, displacement of
residents, or loss of property. These events include floods,
hurricanes, tornadoes, forest fires, volcanic disturbances,
the fact sheet.